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Darts tourney addresses GBV, mental health

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Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati has called on men to embrace the ‘Saved by the Dart’ tournament to help address gender based violence and mental health concerns.

Kaliati made the remarks at the launch of the K2 million Southern Region Darts League tournament in Blantyre on Saturday.

“This is one of the male involvement in interventions aimed at ending gender based violence and mental health concerns. Through this tournament, men are going to ease their pressure and they will never think of committing suicide, thereby reducing mental health issues.

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“During discussions, they [men] will be able to know where they are falling short. When we parade men together, they will be free to speak out, so this is like a hook,” Kaliati said.

Campaign for Health Education Sanitation (Cahesh) and Hygiene is sponsoring the tournament.

Cahesh Executive Director MacDonald Donnie Kaluwa said they opted for darts as it pulls men together.

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“We noticed that darts is a sport that specifically draws men together. We chose it to take the message that men should participate in gender based violence prevention and also mental health issues,” he said.

Southern Region Darts League (SRDL) General Secretary Kelvin Nyirenda said they will use the funds for its intended purpose.

“We will produce a report at the end of the tournament of how we have spent it and also where it has been used. Most of the money is dedicated to prizes,” he said.

Champions will pocket K500,000 with the runners-up receiving K300,000. The third placed side will get K200,000.

Player of the tournament will get K40,000.

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