The NGO Gender Co-ordination Network has urged women from traditional authorities M’Mbelwa, Chindi and Mzukuzuku in Mzimba to report gender-based violence (GBV) cases.
The call follows the formation of Mzimba Women’s GBV Movement that will be responsible for tracking GBV cases in the district.
Speaking on Wednesday during a meeting with the women, the network’s programmes associate Vincent Chinyama said GBV cases can be eradicated if women are actively involved in the fight.
“We want women to take the lead in the fight against GBV by tracking and reporting the cases to authorities,” he said.
The movement’s chairperson Gertrude Shaba said they will work together with chiefs, parents and other stakeholders to fight the vice.
“Despite various interventions, GBV cases are still rising in the district; hence, the need to intensify awareness and reporting,” she said.
On his part, Mzimba district gender office representative Lloyd Nyirenda commended the network for encouraging women to report GBV cases.
The network, with funding from the European Union, is implementing a Women Amplify Movement Project under the Spotlight Initiative in the district.