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Engender Health empowers 270 women

Written by  Linda Likomwa
One of the graduates receiving her certificate - Pic by Linda Likomwa One of the graduates receiving her certificate - Pic by Linda Likomwa

Chiradzulu, March 24, 2019: Over 270 women have been empowered with vocational skills as one way of curbing gender-based violence in their families.

Speaking during women empowerment intervention graduation ceremony in Chiradzulu on Friday, Engender Health Programme Manager, Temwa Kasakula said the empowered women would help in addressing issues of Gender Based Violence (GBV) as they now had the capacity to contribute in their homes.

“Women who have nothing to do in life are the ones who suffer gender-based violence more. The aim of this project was to help eliminate women suffering by providing them with different skills for them to be independent” she said.

 Kasakula said the graduates would be given start up materials depending on the course they did to start small scale businesses.

Traditional Authority (TA) Kadewere expressed gratitude to Engender Health for the start up materials saying the women have something to start their businesses with.

He advised the women not to sell the start up adding that those that found selling would be dealt with by the chief himself.
One of the beneficiaries, Gloria Fadisoni from Namanya Village, TA Likoswe thanked Engender Health for training them in different skills and promised to put the skills in use.

She said for two months she had learnt hand knitting as it was difficult for her to use machine due to time and because she was visually impaired.

Fadisoni said she would no longer depend on her parents for basic needs as she would be able to support herself.

Over 730 women are expected to be trained by the two year end of project, 270 have already graduated and 130 are on training now.

The projects is been implemented in the four districts of Chiradzulu, Blantyre, Mzimba and Kasungu.

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