The Malawi Human Rights Resource Center (MHRRC), with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy implemented a three year programme titled, 2012-2013, “Gender Based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights in partnership with the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare, Community Based Organizations (CBO), Networks and other stakeholders like the Malawi Police Service and Malawi Defense Force.
The programme was implemented in 38 Traditional Authorities (T/As) in the 13 targeted districts: Chitipa, Rumphi and Mzimba in the Northern region; Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Dowa, Lilongwe and Dedza in the Central region, and Mangochi, Neno, Zomba, Nsanje, and Blantyre City in the South.
The Programme contributed towards the Malawi National Response to Gender Based Violence (2008 -2012), and had the main goal of empowering women, men, girls and boys as well as opinion leaders in the target communities with gender and sexual and reproductive health knowledge which will result into community action against gender based violence and empowerment of Women and the Girl child thereby reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS.
The programme was a continuation of a similar effort that MHRRC undertook in the initial 12 districts under the 3 years (2008-2011) “Community Mobilization on the Twin Pandemic of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and HIV and AIDS”.
The Malawi Police
District Social welfare Offices in the 12 impact districts coordinated the programmes activities at Community lavel. The offices also facilitated the identification of CBO’s that championed the implementation of the programmes activities at grassroots level furthermore the offices also facilitated referals of GBV Cases amongst actors in the districts. At National Level, MHRRC closely worked with the ministry headquaters in simplifying and popularising Gender related Laws. MHRRC and the Ministry Headquaters jointly planned and implemented the annual mens’s travelling conferences during the 16 days of activism against GBV.