By Rose Cross Mahorya
Mana: Poor coordination and disintegration amongst stakeholders has been cited as one of the factors which are hampering the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Mzimba District.
The remarks were made Friday in Mzuzu by Plan Malawi International Youth Friendly Health Services Project Manager, George Milinyu during the launching ceremony of this years 16 days of activism against GBV of 2022.
He said despite numerous efforts that government and organizations and its development partners in curbing the vice, GBV cases are still in the rise across the country.
“The cases continue to rise due to several reasons which include poor funding and coordination amongst different players,” Milinyu said.
He cited some cultural practices which are a barrier to ending GBV and it becomes challenging to completely deal with them completely because some sectors of the society advocate for modification of the same.
“As long as coordination on these issues is not prioritized and every player does what they want, it will be hard to achieve a positive result,” the Manager said.
Social Welfare Officer for Mzimba North, Hellen Simwaka applauded non state actors for being proactive in the fight against GBV and human related abuse cases in the district.
“We are grateful to St John of God, Crisis Nursery, SOS among other organizations for aiding us each time we need temporal shelter for dumped babies, children withdrawn from streets and victims of child trafficking,” she said.
This 2022, 16 days of activism against GBV campaign is being held under the theme; Unite! Activism to end Gender Based Violence Against Women and Girls.