As the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence continues, Mangochi Police Women Network Forum jointly with members of community policing on Thursday conducted a sensitization meeting where they tackled school dropout and early marriage issues.
The event was held at Senior Chief Mponda Headquarters in the district.
The delegation was led by inspector Milton Moyo, Community Policing Coordinator Mangochi Branch who represented the Officer ln-charge for Mangochi Police Station Elijah Kachikuwo. On the part of the community, Senior Chief Mponda was present alongside chiefs surrounding the community.
Mangochi Police Deputy Public Relations Officer Amina Daudi said the campaign mostly targeted two areas which are early marriages and school dropouts because Mangochi is one of the districts which faces these challenges in the country.
According to Daudi, the female officers encouraged their fellow women to work hand in hand and that they should feel free to seek advice from them or report serious matters they face in their marriages. The community members were also advised not conceal matters of defilement and rape to the Police.
“Parents were also urged not to force their children to drop out from school in order to engage into early marriages or send them outside the country to seek greener pastures before completing their education as this can result into poverty, maternal deaths, early pregnancies, STl’s, low development and also high rate of crimes,” said Daudi.
According to Daudi, the officers further encouraged parents to send back to school their children who failed to complete their studies due to early pregnancies.
In addition, the Mangochi Police Women Network Coordinator Gift Karoti warned other women who engage in violence against their spouses to stop immediately as they will not be spared because they are women.
Furthermore, women at the gathering were advised to be good examples to their children and that they should teach the kids good morals and conduct.
In his remarks, Senior Chief Mponda and the community commended the Police for the initiative saying they were inspired to be addressed in their vernacular language, Yao, by the female Police officers as this serves as a good example to their children.