Five Non-Govenmental Organisations (NGOs) have been rewarded with grants for their successful implementation of the Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (Gewe) programme.
T he successful organisations include, Youth Net and Counseling(Yoneco), Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (Creccom), Church and Society, Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) and Women Legal Resource Centre (Worlec).
Each of the NGOs received $ 30,000 (about K15 million) for further implementation of the project.
Speaking during the award ceremony on Wednesday, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati hailed the organisations for their contribution towards the reduction of gender based violence in the country.
“As government we would like to commend the organisations for showcasing best practices in the implementation of eender equality project,” said Kaliati.
In her remarks,United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Representative Rogaia Abdelrahim urged the organisations to utilise the grants for the intended purposes to benefit more women and girls.
“Let me urge the organisations to use the grants received well so that they can further reach out to even more women and girls in need of support as well as create an atmosphere of openness and acceptance of women empowerment in the communities,” said Abdelrahim.
She also reaffirmed UNFPA’s commitment to actively partner and support the organisations in the promotion of gender equality.
The Gewe programme is being implemented in 13 districts through the Ministry of Gender in collaboration with UNFPA and supported by European Union.
Among other things, the programme seeks to contribute towards acceleration efforts to advance gender equality and equity as a human right for the reduction of poverty and HIV and Aids in line with MGDS and other international conventions.
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