At the close of 16 days of activism Against Gender Based Violence, authorities in Ntcheu have called for the end to violence against women and girls.
The 16 days of activism which started from November 25 to 10 December this year aim to raise awareness of the negative impact that violence and abuse have on women and children and to rid society of abuse permanently.
Speaking during the event to mark the end on Monday, district gender officer Phalless Chizule said gender based violence is rampant especially looking at economic issues normally in agricultural production where females are highly involved but when it comes to access and control of economic resources then men tend to ignore their wives.
“Gender based violence affects even the issues to do with paying school fees to the children and raising the living standards of households it becomes an issue, it also influence physical violence in the families due to negligence,” she said.
Chizule added that the success of the campaign rests on daily individual and collective actions to safeguard our society against violence.
She then urged community leaders to treat every community member equally regardless of who they are.
On his part, chairperson for Ntcheu Council Henry Jimu said there is a reduction in cases of gender based violence in the district.
The event was held under the theme of “kuthetsa nkhaza kumalo antchito ndi msukulu zaukachenjede”