To facilitate access to justice for abused women and girls, Lilongwe Urban Women Forum (LUWF) and Women Judges Association of Malawi (Wojam) on Friday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see the two parties empower women and girls to end violence.
The MoU will ensure that Wojam carries out literacy programmes with members of LUWF and promotes the protection of women’s rights in Lilongwe Urban.
The partnership, funded by ActionAid Malawi, will also see Wojam supporting Lilongwe peri-urban women on literacy and outreach clinics to enhance timely justice to women and girls.
Speaking during the MoU signing ceremony at Chinsapo Township in Lilongwe, LUWF board chairperson Rose Muyaya said the partnership will help remove barriers women and girls face in accessing justice.
“This partnership will, therefore, empower women in areas of human rights and literacy so that they are able to act on cases of violence,” she said.
On his part, Wojam president Esme Chombo, a judge of the High Court of Malawi, said the partnership will provide space for interaction between the judges, women and girls around Lilongwe.
She said: “The partnership will help demystify the court process with a view to making survivors of violence open up and start taking action against the vice.” n