Community Policing Coordinator at Zomba Police Station, Inspector, Naison Chibondo says there is need to raise awareness on the evils of Gender Based Violence (GBV) and the criminal aspect of GBV as well as associated penalties.
Inspector Chibondo made the remarks at Sunuzi, Traditional Authority Ngwelero in Zomba where Future Vision Ministries lnternational organised communities to observed 16 days activism against GBV.
He said Zomba Police through Community Policing Coordinating Office will tour Zomba to raise awareness on evils of GBV and penalties to perpetuators of GBV.
Inspector Chibondo therefore warned perpetuators of GBV that they will face the law, adding that 16 days of activism against GBV provide opportunity for law enforcers and human rights activists to call for prevention and elimination of violence against women and girls.
This also provide an opportunity for the law enforcers and activists to explain to communities criminal aspects of GBV and their penalties.
“Let’s raise much needed awareness on the evils of GBV because raising awareness on the evils of GBV is everyone’s responsibility,” said Chibondo.
District Gender Officer at Zomba, District Council, Felistus Kumfunda said there is always need to civic educate communities on the evils of GBV and why 16 days were set aside to call for prevention and elimination of violence against women and children.
She observed that most victims of GBV are women and girls. As such the gender officer called on men to be change agents in preventing and eliminating GBV because the vice negatively affects women’s efforts to advance towards meaningful development.
” I therefore appeal to men to stop all forms of gender-based violence against women and girls ” Zomba District Council’s Gender Officer added.
Future Vision Ministries lnternational is currently implementing various interventions at Sunuzi, Traditional Authority Ngwelero in Zomba where it organised communities to reflect on the 16 days of activism against GBV.
16 days of activism against GBV is an annual international campaign that kicks off on November 25 and runs until December 10.
The global theme is; ‘Unite ! Activism to end violence against women and girls’.
In Malawi, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati launched 16 days activism against GBV in Dedza on November 25.
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