WOFAD, in collaboration with Girls’ Empowerment Network (GENET), Malawi Girl Guides, members of the Police, and Rebecca Raymond, a peace corps volunteer, is organizing a campaign called One Billion Rising Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women.
One Billion Rising is a world wide event which has been organized in over 200 countries. It takes place every year, on Valentines Day, and this year’s theme is “Revolution”. Participants come from all walks of life, with one common goal – Ending Violence Against Women and Girls. Those who have taken part in the event are civil society organizations, women, men, girls and boys, government representatives, and individuals simply supporting a cause which they believe in. The event is usually comprised of music, dance, speeches creating awareness about gender-based violence, and unique ways of creating an impact. Check out the the video below to see how other countries have risen to end violence.
Violence Against Women and Girls in Malawi:
In Malawi, women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty. Issues of lacking access to education and heath care, limited rights over productive resources, and inequality in terms of employment, justice, and decision-making are the main challenges hindering women and girls in Malawi. In addition, women and girls are more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS with their sexual and reproductive health rights being violated and abused. Violence plays a crucial part undermining women and girls. A woman exposed to violence is unable to live life to her fullest potential; she is stripped of her basic human rights and condemned to a life in poverty. At WOFAD, we want to break this cycle and ensure every person, whether female or male, HIV positive or negative, can reach their fullest potential without being exposed to any form of violence; physical, psychological, or economical.
This year, our network has decided to take part in One Billion Rising and put an end to violence against women and girls in Malawi! MALAWI DZUKA (meaning Malawi Rise) will be advocated on Saturday, February 14th 2015! Anyone can join us in the fight to end violence in Malawi. Let’s come together and rise!!!
When: Saturday, February 14th, 2015
Where: Blantyre City (exact location to be announced)
Time: 10am – 12pm
Please wear white!!! This way everyone supporting the cause can easily be identified and we can make a big impact! There will be media coverage, music, speeches, and lots of dancing!!!
*If you scroll down to the bottom of the page and select Events – Find Events – Select Africa – Select Malawi, you will find our event registered: Malawi Dzuka!!!