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UNFPA provides K20 million support to GEWE in Mangochi

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Mangochi, September 12: Mangochi District Council has received a USD50, 000 (an equivalent of K20 million) grant towards the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment project which is meant to support the construction of a resource centre in the area of Senior Chief Bwananyambi.

Meanwhile, United Nations Population Fund which draws its funding for the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (GEWE) initiative has dispensed the first tranche of K7.1 million to kick – start the construction of the multi – purpose facility in the area.  

Acting Director of Planning and Development for Mangochi District Council, Ernest Kadzokoya told Malawi News Agency that the three – year intervention is a deliberate effort aimed at bringing to the fore socio – economic issues that affect women and girls in general.

Kadzokoya said the facility which was designed to be an all encompassing would serve as a community victim support unit, besides providing shelter to women who have been victimized to receive psychosocial services.

“It is expected that the facility will help in changing people’s mindset among men to consider women as partners in development ad not subjects of abuse. Culture will no longer be used as a scapegoat,” Kadzokoya said.

Kadzokoya, therefore, encouraged women to take advantage of the various initiatives being deployed in pursuit of empowering them, by among other things, voicing out social ills in their communities and reporting the same to relevant authorities.

“I would like to encourage the community to be part and parcel of the process since it is their duty to open up and stand up for their rights. The project would only be meaningful if people participated in its activities,” he added.      

District Community Development Officer for Mangochi, Anthony Zimba said GEWE attempts to address gender based violence through women empowerment because for a long time women have been marginalized.

“A number of factors have contributed to the marginalization of women in society which range from culture and other harmful traditional practices. Much attention will be focused at tackling GBV in very hard to reach areas,” Zimba pointed out.

Zimba disclosed that the project came about to strike a gender balance for equitable local development through increase in enrolment rates of girls in school and reduction of GBV with its attendant incidents of HIV and Aids.

“The multi – purpose shelter will help address maternal and child health issues since women will be meeting to discuss on how to advance their socio – economic lives. They will also discuss how to deal with GBV, HIV/Aids and how to eliminate harmful cultural practices,” Zimba added.

According to Zimba, a similar structure would also be erected in the area of Traditional Authority Chowe which is implementing activities of the same nature. Apart from Mangochi, 13 other districts are also undertaking the project among them, Machinga, Chiradzulu, Nsanje, Mchinji and Ntcheu.

GEWE is being executed under four pillars of health, education, agriculture, and transport with each pillar having specific objectives.      

In his reaction, Mangochi Police Station Community Policing Coordinator, Inspector Enock Tembo said the construction of the multi – purpose shelter was timely because it would act as a temporary home for gender based victims while waiting to be assisted.

“It will also be a centre where counseling and mediation will be done. In general, it will go a long way in fighting GBV through empowerment of women with various skills gained through interactions at the shelter,” Tembo said. “GBV is a violation of human rights and hampers productivity and economic growth.”




Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera is the current President of Malawi. He was sworn into office on June 28, 2020 at Malawi Square, Bingu International Convention Centre, Lilongwe. Before joining frontline politics, Chakwera was President of the Malawi Assemblies of God from 1989 until he resigned on May...