Communities Malawi’s central region district of Ntcheu are being challenged to be vigilant in disseminating messages that will lead to the elimination of gender based violence and HIV and AIDS amongst women in the district.
This is according to representatives of Coalition of Women Living with HIV and Aids in Malawi (COWLHA).
The development comes as the organisation is implementing a five year project with emphasis on women empowerment hence combating the pandemic.
Speaking to Capital FM, the organisations Executive Director is of the view that the awareness messages can help in reducing incidences of gender based violence as well as HIV and Aids amongst women.
Edna Tembo stated that women are subjected to torture and abuse from their husbands hence at risk of contracting the virus.
“In most cases, women do not have a say when it comes to negotiation safe sex with their husbands.
And with such cases our women are at a higher risk of contracting the virus in such circumstances,” Tembo explained.
Meanwhile, the organisation has trained over 100 community action groups from Traditional Authority Ganya to help in the dissemination of information on the effects of gender based violence.
The organisation is also hoping to reduce the HIV prevalence amongst women who are at risk of contracting the virus due to such evil acts.
The Coalition of Women Living with HIV and Aids in Malawi (COWLHA) was established in 2006.
It unites different groups of women as a civil society force dealing with issues of gender and women’s rights in context of HIV and AIDS that impact on the lives of women living with HIV.