Eastern Produce Malawi (EPM) on Saturday handed over K750,000 to three community-based organisations (CBOs) run by women in Mulanje that focus on ending gender-based violence.
Speaking during the handover, EPM advisor Dumisani Nguluwe said the company strongly believes in powering women.
“The financial support will help the CBOs to intensify outreach awareness programs in the communities making GBV the thing of the past.
“We have gone outside our estates to reach out to women who are doing a commendable job in empowering themselves,” he said.
In her remarks, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati who graced the occasion said women are going through a lot of challenges hence the need to empower them economically.
She said: “Most organisations have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and this donation will boost their businesses thereby enabling the women to support their families.
“Cases of GBVs reduce when women are empowered economically because they are able to buy their own needs.”
Anne Kotokwa secretary of Namulenga Irrigation Scheme said the donation will boost their businesses.
“It is important for women to be financially independent because most GBVs happen when women are not economically empowered,” she said.