Ollen Mwalubunju NICe Executiuve Director during the launch
NICE Public Trust says traditional and religious leaders have a great role to play in ensuring that cultural practices that bring positivity to the society are encouraged.
Speaking on Friday during a press briefing in Lilongwe to mark the official launch of a UN Women sponsored Spotlight Initiative Project, Ollen Mwalubunju Executive Director of the Trust said as custodians of culture, traditional leaders should lead in eliminating negative cultural practices and norms.
“We expect that through this project traditional as well as religious leaders will be role models to the people in making sure that we make Malawi safe for everyone. NICE is targeting these leaders because they have a crucial and pivotal role to play in this regard.” Mwalubunju said.
Introducing the project to the media, Mwalubunju stated that the project is aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women, girls and children. “The project has several themes, but NICE is focusing on awareness and culture and will be responding to these underlying issues perpetrating sexual and gender based violence against women, girls and children through transformative civic education.”
Mwalubunju further outlined that NICE will also use an ICT monitoring platform through which the Trust and other partners will be reporting incidences of violence against women and children in real time triggering quick action by first responders such as the police and health personnel, Mwalubunju said.
NICE is implementing the Spotlight Initiative Project in the districts of Nsanje, Machinga, Ntchisi, Dowa, Mzimba and Nkhata Bay with Funding from the UN Malawi.