Lack of research data and evidence are major gaps undermining the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) in Malawi, the Malawi Irish Consortium on GBV (MICGBV) has said.
The consortium, made up of six international organizations addressing GBV in Malawi, says it is for this reason that it organized a national conference on gender-based violence and gender research dissemination to consolidate research data and evidence of effective GBV interventions.
The MICGBV held the high-level conference from Monday to Tuesday in Lilongwe, attracting gender experts, activists and academics, among many other participants. The Irish government, permanent funder of the consortium, funded the conference.
MICGBV Chair Jeanette Wijnants said that by organizing the conference to gather data and evidence on GBV, the consortium wants to add value to the existing efforts of various social networks to end GBV.
She added that the conference was a valuable way to bring together key stakeholders, including experts, to put issues into perspective so that they can be addressed jointly.
“We asked for summaries. There is a lot of research work done by programmers, universities and independent researchers, which is not widely publicized.
“We believe the conference enhanced collaboration, networking and learning. We believe that people will use the excellent research disseminated here to program evidence-based interventions against GBV,” said Wijnants, who is also the national director of Trocaire.
Dr Yananda Madhlopa, a gender expert from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, agrees with Wijnants, adding that the research data and evidence from the conference will help people monitor and track gender. impact of GBV interventions.
Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati, who was the guest of honour, highlighted the need for Malawi to hold such conferences often, saying they act as a platform -form allowing the country to check whether or not it is making progress. desired progress in the fight against GBV.
Other members of the MICGBV include: ActionAid Malawi, Concern Worldwide, Irish Rule of Law, Oxfam, Self Help Africa and United Purpose.
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