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.

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