Purple Innovation for Women and Girls has drilled women in Euthini, Mzimba in business management to enable them stand on their own economically.
Speaking during the training on Friday, the organisation’s executive director Patricia Mtungila said they wanted the women to be financially independent to protect them from gender-based violence (GBV).
“When women have no businesses to support themselves, they become vulnerable to GBV because they rely on men,” she said.
On her part, Purple Innovation for Women and Girls project officer Linessie Phiri asked the women to report GBV cases to police victim support unit and through Tithandizane Helpline.
“Do not suffer in silence because GBV can affect you psychologically,” she said.
One of the participants, Sarah Chipeta, said she learned how to run a business and save money.
“I also have learned how I can help my fellow women report GBV cases to authorities,” she said.
With funding from Women Peace and Humanitarian Fund through UN Women and Spotlight Initiative, Purple Innovation for Women and Girls is implementing Wukani End Violence Project in Nkhata Bay and Mzimba districts