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Pact Malawi’s project geared to combat GBV in fisheries

Pact Malawi, through the Restoring Fisheries for Livelihoods in Malawi (REFRESH) project, has intensified efforts to end Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in districts along the lakeshore.

Speaking at Monkey Bay in Mangochi District after a three-day training, Gender Officer for Pact Malawi’s REFRESH project, Mike Ngalande, said there are various factors contributing to GBV in the fisheries field, stressing the need for a multisector approach.

“In 2015, our survey revealed significant occurrences of Gender-Based Violence in lakeshore areas of Malawi. We decided to address these issues by involving 20 community-based gender champions from Lake beaches in Dedza and Mangochi. We’ve trained 20 champions so far and anticipate positive changes in the fishing industries,” he said.

Grace Nyirenda, a gender champion from Msaka Beach in Monkey Bay, described the training as an eye-opener.

“We’ve covered various topics including factors contributing to gender-based violence, fisheries legal frameworks, gender policy, and relevant laws. This training has equipped us with valuable knowledge,” she said.

Group Village Head Kabukika of Dedza pledged to educate fellow village heads on laws related to gender-based violence to mitigate its negative impact on social development.

Nevarson Msusa from the Mangochi District Fisheries Office noted that lack of information, limited access to loans for women and fish scarcity are among the factors contributing to increased cases of GBV in the fishing industry.

Pact Malawi’s efforts are supported financially by USAID under the REFRESH project.

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