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Mulanje District Council Impressed with YONECO’s Interventions against GBV

The Chairperson for Mulanje District Council, Councilor Charles Kapata, applauded YONECO for the activities which the organization conducted to prevent occurrence of Gender Based Violence (GBV) through awareness raising activities.

Councilor Kapata said this during a massive event which YONECO organized to double as a commemoration for the Human Rights Day as well as a wrap up of activities that were conducted during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV. During the event, prizes were also given to the winners of various categories in music and sports.

The function was held at Mendulo Primary School in the area of Mnthiramanja in Mulanje district.

In his remarks, the Councilor stated that the teams that YONECO were deployed during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV did their best to reach out to all parts of the district including the hard-to-reach areas.

“We are all seeing YONECO working tirelessly on the ground and we are witnessing fruits of their labour. As district council, I would like avow our continued support to the organization’s socioeconomic development efforts”, said Councilor Kapata.

Among other activities that were conducted during the 16 Days of Activism against GBV are; music competitions, roadshows, school learning sessions, Theatre for Development (TfD) activities as well as Roadshows that involved renowned artists like Blaze and Katelere Ching’oma.

In his remarks, the Executive Director for YONECO, MacBain Mkandawire stated that there is a need for the council to make sure that acting against GBV should further continue after the 16 Days of Activism against GBV. Mkandawire further bemoaned an increased child abuse cases in the district. On this aspect, Mkandawire requested Mulanje District Council to act with speed to deal with the challenge.

The activities against GBV were conducted under Comprehensive Action for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) Project which YONECO is implementing in Mulanje in partnership with Malawi Girls Guides Association (MAGGA) with financial support from the Global Fund through Action Aid and Christian AID.

ECLT Executive Director Commends Communities for supporting interventions on Ending Child Labour in Tobacco Growing

The Executive Director for Eliminating Child Labour in Tobacco Growing (ECLT) Foundation, David Hammond, commended community members in the area of Village Head Mpamila in Ntchisi for their support and commitment towards protecting children from child labour in tobacco estates.

Hammond made these remarks in Ntchisi during a familiarization tour of Eliminating Child Labour Elimination Actions for Real Change (CLEAR) Project phase 2 which his organization is funding. The goal of the project is to contribute to the elimination of hazardous child labour in tobacco growing areas in Malawi within the context of the National Action Plan for the Elimination of Child Labour in Malawi, as well as the Malawi Conference Outcome Document and Framework of Action, and the Prohibition of Hazardous Work for Children Order, 201 2 and Employment Act CAP 55: 0.

In his remarks, Hammond described the commitment which communities have as necessary to development and urged them to ensure that the interventions are sustained in the communities. Hammond further stated that communities have the power to bring about positive change in their areas and acknowledged various
Speaking on behalf of Executive Directors of other implementing partners, the Executive Director for YONECO, MacBain Mkandawire, thanked ECLT for supporting CLEAR Project which he said has necessary tools for protecting children from hazardous work and child labour. Mkandawire further stated that CLEAR project interventions have positively contributed towards improved health and welfare of children in the targeted impact areas. The project has also contributed to an increase in primary school enrollment rate in the project’s impact areas.

CLEAR Project Phase 2 is being implemented by a consortium of three partners namely; Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), Total Land Care (TLC) and Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM). The project is being implemented in Rumphi, Ntchisi and Mchinji districts.

Among other things, the project supports national policy efforts on child labour in line with the 2012 Malawi Conference Outcome Document and Framework for Action; supporting and advancing district advocacy and coordination to translate national policy into tangible benefits for children in line with the 2012 Malawi Conference agreements; supporting the expansion of decent work for children 1 6- 1 7 years old, and policy and advocacy activities addressing hazardous child labour in tobacco; and implementing and supporting child labour prevention, withdrawal, and protection activities (5-1 5 years) in tobacco growing areas.

Day 8 of 16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism against GBV has now reached the 8th day. Are you among those that are fighting against GBV? YONECO is supporting music competitions, road shows to raise awareness about the dangers of GBV as well as holding GBV awareness sessions in various primary schools in Mulanje district