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Malawi: Gender Minister Challenges Men, Boys to Take Part in GBV Fight

As the world gears to observe 16 Days of Gender Activism, the Minister of Gender Community Development and Social Welfare Jean Sendeza has challenged men and boys to take part in the fight against gender-based violence in the country.

Sendeza made the call during a press conference on Thursday in Lilongwe ahead of commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence campaign that men and boys should acknowledge their roles as both perpetrators and survivors.

“It is a call on partners, stakeholders and all of us to to prevent gender based violence and resist any rollback on women’s rights by being allies in preventing violence, advocating for budget allocations to address the vice as well as supporting women’s rights organizations in combating violence,” she said.

Sendeza urged Malawians to join the efforts in campaigning against gender based violence by participating in activities, sharing information with family, friends, raising awareness, reporting any firm of violence to the authorities saying preventing gender based violence is a collective responsibility.

UN Women Country Representative, Letty Chiwara said Malawi has several gaps in the fight against gender based violence like investment which have been limited in terms of funding to address the challenges that women and girls face once they are violated.

“Malawi has been very good in formulating policies with some reviewed over the years but implementation is lacking because of resources,” she said.