WOJAM brings justice closer to people

Written by  Alex Mwangosi

The  Women Judges  Association  of  Malawi-WOJAM  says  the  Access  to  Justice  for  Vulnerable  People project that has been implemented  in  some districts  in  the  country is assisting in checking out  Domestic  and  Gender  based  violence.


WOJAM Chairperson  for the  North  Her  Worship  Gladys  Gondwe  was  speaking  in  the  area  of  Group Village  Headman  Kamuchibazi , Traditional Authority  Kabunduli  in  Nkhata  Bay  district  during  an awareness  campaign  on  Domestic and Gender based  Violence.


Magistrate Gondwe said it was pleasing to note that most  people  including  young girls and  women  know what to do when  victimized.


“The common violence  include defilement, rape  and  failure  by  some  men  to  look  after  their  family. But it  is  pleasing  to  note  that nowadays  people  know  what  to  do  if  they  are being  victimized,” Gondwe  said.

The  Chairperson  also  added that  her organization  aims at interacting  with  people  at  grass root  on  access  to  justice in  order  to  bring  closer court services  to  the  community.


Group  Village  Headman  Kamuchibazi  said  the  project  was  bearing  fruits  in  his  area  as  most  women and  girls  are  reporting  about  gender  based  violence.


“The  project  is  very  important  and  it  will  assist  in  ending  some  harmful  practice  like  property  grabbing  of  deceased estates,” said  GVH  Kamuchibazi.


The  Two year project  is  being  carried  out  in  Mzimba,  Nkhata  Bay, Dedza,  Lilongwe, Zomba, Blantyre, Mulanje  and  Phalombe  with  financial  assistance from the United  Nations  Democracy  Fund.


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