The UWAMA Project is implemented at district level in five districts of Salima, Chiradzulu, Rumphi, Karonga, and Chitipa by influencing activity and the local structures.
Speaking at a recent awareness meetings at Jalawe, Mhuju and Ng’onga in the district, local leaders in the areas expressed gratitude for the project whilst highlighting several aspects of its achievements in ensuring easy access to justice by victimized women and girls, raising public awareness on women rights and laws that protect women and girls among others.
Sub Traditional Authority Njikula said issues of Gender Based Violence are fast becoming history since inception of the project.
“UWAMA has not only brought the good message but also a change to people’s mindset towards girls and women,” said STA Njikula.
Njukula added that there is cordial relationship among his subjects as well as families which was not the case before the UWAMA initiative.
He said “people in my area are aware of what to do to ensure that they promote women in education, health, their homes including economic aspects.”
Another local leader Traditional Authority Mwahenga said the UWAMA benefits can not be over emphasized in bailing out the community from some bad cultural practices that’s look down on women and girls.
“We were heavily burdened here, a woman had no chance to own land, start business initiatives not even own property as it was regarded as a blasphemy to our culture,” he said.
“The theory no good thing for a woman terrorized the area to the acknowledgement of the TA that it had some baring on the poor development of households in communities,” said Mwahenga.
He then pledged his continued support together with various stakeholders to end some outstanding issues that hit hard promotion of human rights for women and girls citing tendency by some people to reveal perpetrators of GBVs which he said derails their efforts.
Meanwhile, Director of Planning and Development for Rumphi district council Frank Mkandawire said the council is overwhelmed with the positive gesture it receives from private sector in developing the district.
In all the meetings Women Forum members, community based facilitators and district stakeholders from Rumphi District Council shared the message focusing on the goals and theme of the project which is to reduce incidence of violence against women and girls by 2015.
UWAMA project is implemented by Rumphi Women Forum courtesy of ActionAid Malawi and its Partners.