Ntcheu Ward Councilor Calls for Consecrated Efforts Against GBV
A Ward Councilor for Dzunje Ward in Ntcheu, Stella Mpaso says unless duty bearers are in the forefront raising awareness on effects of gender-based violence (GBV), eliminating the vice will remain a challenge.
Mpaso told Zodiak Online at an awareness meeting funded by NGO-GCN that women and girls in her area continue to be vulnerable to abuses and exposes them to early pregnancies, teen marriages besides sexually transmitted diseases.
"GBV remains a concern in the area (Dzunje Ward). Young girls are being married off at a tender age. A consecrated efforts from all duty bearers are critical now," said Mpaso.
Mpaso however says GBV is a threat to development hence the need to work tiresomely against the vice.
Group Village Headman (GVH) Ben Tchauya has urged communities in the area to report any form of abuse to relevant authorities for swift action aimed at eradicating the problem.
"Communities have to rise up and report any form of abuse within their vicinities to relevant authorities for the law to take its cause. By bringing perpetrators to book, that means we are eliminating the malpractice," said GVH Tchauya.
Meanwhile, Gender Development Officer for Ntcheu, Naomi Agabu says her office is determined to address the vice by engaging local structures in the district.