May 18, 2021

Covid-19 Hampers GBV Activities in Dowa

Dowa District Council’s Gender Officer, Zuwere Rosi, says her office failed to conduct much of the planned Gender Based Violence [GBV] activities because of the devastating impact of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Rosi said from April 2020 most of the activities for GBV in the district were put on hold as a preventative measure to cease the further spread of Coronavirus adding even her office had difficulties to coordinate GBV activities as officers were asked to work from home.

She expressed optimism that as the confirmed cases are on the declining side, the GBV activities planned will be scaled up for the communities so that they all take part in the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls [EVAWG] in the district.

Speaking during a-one day orientation workshop for the district’s Gender Technical Working Group [GTWG] on gender norms and human rights held at the boma, Rosi emphasized that for Malawi to win the war against GBV, there is need to ensure that institutions and actors at district, national and community level are working together and properly managing GBV cases to draw them to their logical conclusions.

…”Spotlight Initiative has taken a step up efforts to eliminate violence against women and girls, hence a great need to strengthen stakeholders coordination in ending GBV…,’’ said Rosi.

George Kuwanje, Dowa district Project coordinator for OSSEDI, one of the implementing partners for Spotlight Initiatives in Dowa, said the orientation was conducted for the Gender Technical Working Group participants to understand international human rights standards relating to the Malawi context.

…”The training highlighted the power dynamics within the structures at community level and understanding the process of integrating gender, human rights, and development to ensure that all violation against men and women of all ages and sections of society are recognized and accounted for…,’’ said Kuwanje.

Spotlight Initiative program is currently being implemented in the areas of 5 T/As in the district: Msakambewa, Mkukula, Chiwere, Mponela and Dzoole with funding from European Union [EU] and UN in collaboration with various CSOs including Plan Malawi and OSSEDI.

By Vincent Gunde

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