Chiradzulu has registered a drop in cases of gender-based violence (GBV), thanks to concerted efforts by the GBV Technical Working Group in the district.
The GBV Technical Working Group is a membership committee comprising police, the Judiciary as well as ministries of labour, health, information, education and the Department of Social Welfare.
Its objective is to deal with harmful social and cultural practices that deny women opportunities to participate in social and economic activities in the district.
In an interview with Nation on Sunday on Wednesday, Chiradzulu district social welfare officer Mike Maulidi confirmed that his office is receiving fewer complaints bordering on gender-related issues.
Maulidi attributed the drop to the commendable job the group has done in sensitising people on the impact of GBV on the country’s development.
He also hailed traditional leaders for mobilising their subjects against practices that were used to marginalise women.
“This is a clear demonstration that they understand that GBV is a vice that has to be dealt with decisively. On our part, we are committed to providing support towards elimination of GBV incidences to ensure both men and women enjoy their freedoms and rights to the fullest,” said Maulidi.
Chiradzulu is one of the districts in the country which used to grapple with cases of gender-related violence.