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Malawi: Minister of Gender, Jean Sendeza says poverty is one of the factors that contribute to gender-based violence. The Minister was speaking at the event organized by Oxfam to promote the eradication of gender-based violence.

The event was held under the theme: ‘Her Future Her Choice.’ The project is receiving financial support from Global Affairs Canada as part of 16 days of gender-based violence activism.

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The government of Malawi is observing sixteen days of activism against Gender based violence. The initiative started on November 25 and will conclude on December 10.

The Minister of GenderGender has shared the reasons why the issue of Gender violence has become so prominent in the country. Sendeza asserted that dropping out of school, child marriages and fights in families happen due to poverty.

The other authorities also addressed the attendants and shared their views on the issue of gender-based violence. They also asserted the ways through which the authorities can help the victims of gender-based violence.

The event where she made these remarks was hosted in Lilongwe, Traditional Authority Malili, on December 6, 2023. The people of Malawi asked the government to work on eradicating poverty so that people of the various communities.

The Royal Norwegian Ambassador to Malawi, Ingrid Marie Mikelsen, was also present at the event. She said her country recognizes the need for financial support as it brings peace to the family.

Mikelsen, however, said when people are financially sound, Gender-based violence in this country will soon be history.

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Several stakeholders and girl activists attended the event. The attendants of the event prepared banners and signs for the cause. Some of these banners read: Violence Against Women must stop NOW!!

Some other banners called on the government of Malawi to strengthen the laws surrounding the Gender based violence. The authorities of the organization have also extended their support to the fight against Gender based violence

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