Oxfam Malawi has urged stakeholders to put much effort in combating violence against women and empower them to be key players in society.
Oxfam Malawi Deputy Country Director, Ellias Khozombwe, said fighting violence will also ensure that gender equality is attained at all levels.
Khozombwe engaged communities of Likuni, Lilongwe, sensitising them to ensure that women and men are equal at all levels.
“Ending violence strengthens the confidence the girls to be able to go on with school and compete with men equally, ensure also women play an important role in society and take up leadership roles in various sectors. We believe that there are no differences—men and women can do any type of work,” he said
Lilongwe South-West Member of Parliament, Jean Sendeza, underscored the significance of community engagement.
“When girls are exposed to violence, they cannot go to school. They need an environment very conducive where they can learn and do everything for their studies even while at home,” she said.
Network for Youth Development Programmes Manager, Lidasi Nyirenda, said the network is ensuring that girls are groomed into reliable women.