25 November, 2021: Malawi launched this year’s 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) at a function that was presided over by the First Lady of the Republic of Malawi, Madam Monica Chakwera at Chiwaza Ground, Chintheche in Nkhata Bay district.
The launch event attracted both local and international Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and various government departments.
The 16 Days of Activism against GBV is an international campaign that commences on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women which falls on 25 November and ends on 10 December which is the Human Rights Day. The campaign will be observed in the country under the localized theme ‘Orange Malawi: End Violence against Women and Girls, Act Now’.
YONECO and Trocaire mounted a pavilion which showcased how the partnership is contributing towards preventing and responding to Gender Based Violence (GBV) issues at various levels in Malawi. Among other things, the pavilion showcased how Tithandizane toll-free Helpline Services responds to GBV cases through case management, referrals and provision of safe homes for survivors of GBV.
YONECO Cultural Troupe, which is part of the institution’s communications unit, also performed during the event and entertained the patrons while at the same time highlighting and raising awareness about various GBV issues that are prevalent in Malawi.
YONECO FM Radio Station (YFM), With support from Trocaire, also covered the event live to give an opportunity to members of general public to follow the proceedings.
Among the others; the day was graced by the presence of the Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare services – Honourable Dr. Patricia Kaliati, the Programmes Manager for Trocaire, the Commissioner for Nkhata Bay District Council and a number of community leaders as well as heads of various government departments.
YONECO has lined up a number of activities that will be conducted throughout the campaign period in various districts across the country. Among other activities. YONECO will be conducting community dialogue sessions, airing special radio programmes as well as managing a social media campaign in order to deal with GBV in Malawi.