Ntcheu district gender officer Phalless Chizule has urged people in the district to avoid gender-based violence (GBV) as the country starts observing 16 Days of Activism against GBV on Sunday.
Speaking in an interview on the sidelines of a preparatory meeting for the activism launch set for today at Comesa Hall in Blantyre, Chizule said people should take the period as a time of reflection to see what role they played in reducing GBV in the district.
“Ntcheu is one of the districts where GBV cases are high. A few months ago, we were revamping community victim support units in all traditional authorities to reduce GBV and to have them reported so that we are aware of what is happening in the communities,” she said.
The gender officer said her office will soon embark on sensitisation campaigns on the dangers of GBV as part of observing the 16 Days of Activism.
National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust district civic education officer Alinafe Chikakuda commended concerted efforts by stakeholders to eliminate GBV.
This year’s theme for 16 Days of Activism is Stop Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work and In Tertiary Education.