Chiradzulu District Council has embarked on a sensitisation campaign to end gender-based violence (GBV) in traditional authorities (T/As) Mpama, Kadewere, Chitera and Ntchema.
The council is using community-based educators.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, the council’s primary justice project officer Patrick Robert said he was worried with the increase in GBV cases in the district.
He said: “GBV cases have reached alarming levels. It is worrisome. People need to change. Mostly, the perpetrators are men or boys.”
In his remarks, group village head Munlo from T/A Ntchema said many perpetrators of GBV are rarely punished, hence, the increase in the number of cases.
“I am happy today because a lot of men and boys heard the message. Perhaps we will see change,” said the chief.
The council is being funded by the United Kingdom’s (UK) Department for International Development (DfID) through Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP). n