The Church and Society of the Livingstonia CCAP Synod has embarked on a three-year project on gender, economic and women empowerment in traditional authorities Mkumbira and Kabunduli in Nkhata Bay.
The project, funded by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), covers areas of group village heads Chikawama, Mkumbira, Kamwadi and Kandezo.
The project’s areas of focus are transport, agriculture, education and health.
Director of Church and Society in the synod Moses Mkandawire said on Thursday the four areas were chosen because they reflect the most gender-based violence.
“We are not saying that there are no violations against women in other areas. But the situation is worse in these areas,” said Mkandawire.
T/A Mkumbira said he was happy that the project has targeted his area, saying many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) shun it because of its closeness to an urban centre, Nkhata Bay Boma.
“Let’s work together with women so that there should be change. Women should be taking a leading role in demanding their rights,” said Mkumbira.