After benefiting from a capacity-strengthening exercise by the United Nations through the Coordinator for Prevention of Sexual Exploitation and Abuse (#PSEA), YONECO is now ensuring a ripple effect by using the skills and knowledge to train various district and community protection structures.
In light of the recent natural disaster, Cyclone Freddy, which caused widespread destruction in southern Malawi, adolescent girls and women have become more vulnerable to various forms of violence and abuse.
In response, YONECO is being supported by UNICEF to strengthen community and district systems to enhance the process of preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in disaster-affected areas.
This week, YONECO is facilitating a PSEA capacity-strengthening session in Mulanje after conducting similar training workshops in Blantyre, Nsanje, Chikwawa, Zomba, and Phalombe.
Among others, the #PSEA training targets various social protection frontline workers including officials from Police Victim Support Units (VSUs), District Social Welfare Offices, education authorities, and District Disaster response and management teams.
After Malawi was hit by Cyclone Freddy between February and March this year, YONECO partnered with UNICEF to implement various humanitarian response interventions under a project called ‘Strengthening Child Protection and Accountability to Affected Population through the National Helpline Services.’