Malawi will once again join the international community in the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV) through the 16 Days of Activism Campaign which takes place from25th November to 10th December every year.
Speaking during a press briefing held on Wednesday, 21st November, 2018 atthe Central Office of Information in Lilongwe, the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama told the press that this year’s campaign will be launched on Friday 23rd November 2018 at the College of Medicine Sports Complex in Blantyre
“During this year’s 16 Days of Activism Campaign launch, I will also launch a campaign called Ndiulula: I won’t Be Silent campaign gearedto help victims of abuse in workplaces and tertiary institutions break the silence on violence, particularly sexual harassment and report to appropriate authorities,”Added Chadzama.
NGOGCN Network Coordinator Mr. Innocent Hauya called upon all concerned stakeholhers in the fight against GBV saying it is great to see officials from Government, UN agencies, Development Partners, Private sector, CSOs, activists, men and women speaking with one voice on the need to eliminate gender-based violence.
On her part, the UN Women Representative, Clara Mah Anyangwe said that it sad to note that Sexual harassment has been normalized and even justified as an inevitable part of a woman’s life saying this year’s theme is a call to “listen to and believe survivors”, to end the culture of silencing and to put the survivors at the centre of the response, while pursuing the accountability of the perpetrator.
This years’ campaign is implemented under the theme “End Gender Based Violence in the World of Work” globally. However, In Malawi the campaign will be implemented under the theme “End Gender Based Violence in the World of Work and Tertiary Institutions”.