Capacity building for the coverage of gender based violence

It has become increasingly apparent that women in marriages and intimate partner relationships, such as boy/girlfriend relationships, couples living together and in the general population, have emerged as social groups that experience a lot of what is now commonly referred to as gender-based violence. The acknowledgement that violence against women is a cruel, dangerous and an inhuman social phenomenon whose prevalence is on the increase, is probably one of the reasons that led to the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

In Malawi, like in most countries around the world, women, regardless of race, nationality, class or age are victims of physical, sexual and economic violence or even of feminicide. Gender based violence is a major obstacle to the realization of the potential women have to contribute to the development of their societies by taking part as equal partners.

The Dzimwe Team pictured at their new premises where the activities took place

The media has the potential to play a lead role in changing perceptions of gender-based violence  that in turn it can help galvanise a move for change.

It is in view of the problem of gender based violence and the important role the media can play in reducing incidences of gender based violence that the National Commission organised training in coverage of gender based violence. The objective was to impart skills and knowledge that would enable community radio broadcasters disseminate information that would lead to creating better awareness of gender based violence and its effects. It is expected that this will reduce the occurrence of gender bised violence thereby enabling women to fully contribute to the development of their communities. The training targeted the two community radio stations of Dzimwe and Nkhotakota.

Nkhotakota community radio personnel with NATCOM staff