WOLREC in a Fight against GBV
In a bid to curb Gender Based Violence in the country, Women's Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC) has launched an "Improved action in ending gender based violence against women and girls" project, that is seeking to unearth reasons perpetuating the vice and deal with them right in the villages before complaints are brought to other authorities.
WOLREC Programs Manager, Gift Mauluka, told Zodiak Online that "men should desist from seeing themselves as more powerful than women and they should find together amicable ways of resolving their differences other than resorting to wife battering."
Mauluka notes that gender based violence could be ended with collaborative efforts among men, women and traditional leaders right at community level before involving non-governmental bodies and government structures like the social welfare department and the police's Victim Support Unit.
“Traditional leaders should be in the forefront promoting peace in families and ban all harmful cultural practices that undermine the integrity of women," Mauluka said.
The project has already been taken to Balaka and Nsanje where cases of gender based violence seem to be on the increase, according to Gift Mauluka of WOLREC.
Women’s Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC) in partnership with Oxfam is implementing a project titled Improved Action on Ending Violence against Women and Girls with financial support from UN Trust Fund in Balaka and Nsanje districts.
The project is valued at USD 864,614.00.
The project aims at improving access for women and girls to essential, safe and adequate multi-sectorial services to end VAW/G over a period of 3 years (December 2019 - November 2022).
The main approaches being used in implementation of the project is STAR circle approach which encompasses community mobilizations, advocacy and lobbying and SASA Faith model which is a behavioral change strategy used through identifying and engaging community change agents.
It targets to reach out to 4, 500 women and girl survivors of violence as well as women and girls living with HIV and AIDS directly and 3, 2516 indirect beneficiaries in the two districts.
In Balaka, the project is to be implemented in Sub T/A's Phimbi and Nyanyala while in Nsanje, it’s T/A's Tengani and Malemia.