Centre for Conflict Management and Women Development Affairs (Cecowda) on Saturday visited Bangwe Township, Blantyre with human rights and anti-gender-based violence messages in a roadshow campaign.
The campaign was part of 16Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
The non-governmental organisation also hosted a football game between Mbayani Football Club of Bangwe and Ntopwa Football Club at Bangwe Youth Centre to reach out to both adults and youths with GBV messages.
Speaking after the roadshow awareness campaign, Cecowda’s volunteer communications manager Chisomo Chiwanda said they chose Bangwe because the township, especially its section called Ntopwa, is famous for GBV.
“Bangwe has generally been registering GBV cases, but Ntopwa’s story is worse. So, we felt it was important to educate the communities about 16 Days of Activism Against GBV and to remind them of human rights whose international day is today,” he said.
In a separate interview, the NGO’s executive director Carol Mvalo said they want the youth to grow with a GBV-free mentality.
The NGO also established a group comprising young girls called Girl Power to promote girls’ education in communities by teaching them how to sew sanitary pads to reduce absenteeism during menstruation.
The girls are also taught gender-related laws.
Ntopwa FC won the match 1-0 and were given K20 000 while Mbayani FC went away with K10 000.