NICE orients women on GBV in T.A. Mpherembe

NICE orients women on GBV in T.A. Mpherembe

By Manasse Nyirenda

National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) has trained 30 women from various areas under Traditional Authority Mpherembe in Mzimba on how to detect and report gender based violence in their communities.

Speaking after the training at Bowe in the district on Saturday, NICE District Civic Education Officer for Mzimba, Freency Fya Mapanga said she was hopeful the women would spread the message against gender-based violence in their communities.

She said that would improve the welfare of women and girls in communities.
“Women suffer different forms of gender based violence and I am hopeful the women we have trained today will be agents of change in their communities by sharing the knowledge they have acquired today with others to eliminate gender based violence.

“We are interested in ensuring that cases of gender violence are reported so that the culprits are punished,” she said.

Mzimba North District Gender Officer, Naomi Thamala who was one of facilitators for the training, urged the women to report cases of gender based violence for appropriate action by relevant authorities.

“We expect that after training, the women will be able to use courts in the country to help in settling incidents of gender based violence they encounter in their daily lives such as those that are economic, physical, psychological and sexual in nature.
“We also encourage them to visit social welfare offices to help in tackling some of these challenges,” she said.
She urged the women to be inclusive in their groups by roping in people with physical disabilities and those with albinism.

An official from District Social Welfare Office for Mzimba North, Benjamin Gozalimo said the women were also trained in the rehabilitation of victims of gender based violence.

He added that the women were trained in the role of community based organizations, the police and health facilities in the rehabilitation of victims.
Naomi Mkandawire, from Phoka in the area, said she would dedicate her time to fighting child marriages in her area.
Another woman, Maureen Chirambo, said she would ensure that other women in her area are enlightened on the economic form of gender based violence which she said was prevalent in her area.

NICE is implementing a K7 million Spotlight Initiative in Mzimba and Nkhata Bay to enhance gender equality and, economic and social rights for women and girls through transformative civic education.

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