Lands Deputy Minister, Abida Mia launches 16 Days of Activism Against GBV
By Our Reporter
The Deputy Minister of Lands and Urban Development, Abida Mia has on Friday, November 27, 2020 launched ’16 Days of Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Chikwawa District at a function that took place at Mfera Primary School Ground with a call for everyone to take part in eliminating the vicious cycle.
Speaking in her capacity as Guest of Honour, Mia who is also legislator for Chikwawa Nkombezi Constituency, implored the people of Chikwawa and the nation at large, to educate the youth and explore options of supervision for girls and community involvement.
She called on the communities to prevent cases of GBV as its perpetrators are right in their midst.
“I encourage all citizens including our male citizens to participate in ending this horrific cycle,” said Mia.
Lamenting the negative impact of GBV, the Deputy Minister said, its aftermath is massive.
Further expounding her lament Mia said, some misfortune cases of GBV have ended in death although the physcological trauma doesn’t always end life hence long lasting.
Mia therefore mentioned that the Malawi leader, Dr Lazarus Chakwera and the Tonse Alliance Government are dedicated to put an end to this misfortune.
Speaking earlier before Mia was the representative of Civil Society Organisations in the district, Hazel Manda who vehemently called for an end to the inhumane and devilish tendency that has no place in the modern society.
According to the District Gender Officer for Chikwawa, Daisy Khanje Nkosi, her office is currently working in collaboration with various stakeholders who have embarked on a strong fight against GBV.
Before the main open ground activity, Mia led in a solidarity walk against GBV from Dembo Market to Mfera Ground.
This year’s Global theme is “Orange the World:” Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”
However, Malawi commemorated the day under a localised theme, “Unite to end GBV: Prevent, Report, Respond, Fund!”
Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati launched the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence on Thursday, November 26, 2020 in Mangochi District.