Chefs and members of area development committees (ADCs) in Traditional Authority (T/A) Dambe in Mchinji have expressed concern over gender-based violence (GBV) which they say is rampant in the area.
The traditional leaders have since come up with plans to end the malpractice. The leaders were speaking in a meeting that was facilitated by Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom) under the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (Gewe) programme on Friday at T/A Dambe’s courtyard in the district.
“There are too many issues related to gender violence in most villages in this area compared to other areas in this district. We handle many cases of rape, defilement and other abuses. This is very embarrassing,” said a group village head who represented T/A Dambe.
After discussing factors leading to the increase of such cases, the chiefs and the ADCs agreed it was high time permanent measures were taken to end violence against women and girls in Dambe.
In her comments, Creccom programme manager Linice Sanga said: “We need to understand that the women and girls are subjected to all these forms of violence because they are not empowered.”!