The Minister of Gender, Children, Disabilty and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama launched the Barbershop Tool-box on Friday 30th November, 2018 at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.
The Tool Box is an initiative aimed at creating dialogue in male spaces such as beer halls, religious places and political arenas. The spaces have the power to stop negative social norms and practices that undermine the rights of women and girls.
“The Barbershop Toolbox is a transformative innovation on how best men can act to influence positive change in the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment which aims at changing the narrative by making men the agents of change and defenders of women’s rights. The relevance of launching the barbershop toolbox within the 16 days of activism against gender based violence is that HEForSHE champions can also reflect on the roles in implementing violence against women and girls.” Said the Minister.