NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) has called on stakeholders in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) not to relent until the country becomes GBV free and there is equal treatment of men and women.
NGO-GCN vice-chairperson Desmond Mhango made the call on Thursday in Mponela, Dowa where the organisation held a training workshop for women in the fight against GBV.
He said GBV cases are still rampant and that the malpractice affects victims participation in development; hence, the need to enhance efforts to curb the vice.
Said Mhango: “From the reports we see in the media and other forums, it is clear that the problem is very serious and there is need to do something about it.”
On his part, NGO-GCN coordinator Joseph Njala called on stakeholders to continue fighting against the vice until societies become GBV-free.
Senior Chief Kayembe said chiefs are taking part in the fight against GBV and they encourage their subjects to do the same.
She said men are sometimes not comfortable to report cases of violence and they suffer in silence.
Dowa Women Movement chairperson Mercy Dziwitseni expressed worry that some cases take too long to be completed while others are not prosecuted