U.S. Ambassador Tours a Gender-Based Violence Project in Dowa

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer today witnessed successes registered in the United State Government-funded Economic Empowerment of Survivors of Gender-Based Violence in Malawi implemented by UN women and the Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA).  The project is implemented in Lilongwe, Ntchisi, and Dowa to strengthen the economic empowerment of women and girl survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) through education, skills training, and operationalizing of a GBV referral system in different communities in Malawi.  The two year project is implemented with $390,196 from the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office for Global Women’s Issues (S/GWI)

Addressing the gathering at the function, Ambassador Palmer said, “When it comes to empowering girls and women, everyone must take part.  The Government of Malawi has taken a crucial first step to bring an end to gender-based violence by enacting the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act, but Malawians themselves must now act.  Whether you are a parent, a teacher, a brother, or a friend, I urge you to invest your time to support the rights of your mothers, sisters, daughters, colleagues and friends and take a stand against gender-based violence – not just today, but every day. Respecting these fundamental rights will lead to a more peaceful, healthy, and prosperous future for everyone.”