Centre for Civil Society Strengthening (CCSS) and God Cares Rights Foundation (GCRF) are jointly implementing a Gender sensitive solution in security and humanitarian response for women and girls in Rumphi district. The project aims to support efforts to deconstruct the social cultural norms prevalent by building capacity for increased women and girl’s participation in decision making processes with knowledge and the necessary skills. Engagement with duty bearers and policymakers aims to start tackling old age structural causes of targeted violence against women and girls including the intersections between patriarchy and unequal access to power and resources as well as promoting effective response mechanisms for survivors of violence. One group that suffers from targeted violence are women who play various roles in productive and reproductive roles in community. The goal of this project is to enhance efforts to deconstruct negative social cultural norms, altitudes and harmful practices that are fueling Sexual and Gender Based Violence and Harmful Practices among women and girls in Rumphi district by 2023.

This would help in seeking appropriate pathways for promoting women security and humanitarian initiatives in the district as well as formulating appropriate strategies for protecting the rights of women that are trapped through sexually gender based violence crimes. Specifically, this project aims at:

  • To empower Women’s rights groups, autonomous social movements and relevant civil society organizations, including those representing youth and groups facing intersecting forms of discrimination/marginalization, on GEWE and EVAWG, including SGBV/HP to be the architects as well as the beneficiaries of efforts to build back stronger and better response to these highly visible fault lines.
  • To share and cross-fertilize ideas towards improving service delivery, women and girls’ safety, security and human rights as they start to actively participate in issues affecting them based on the results of the administered score card.
  • To share and harvest information on the need to revive targeted district GE networks that will promote women and girls’ safety, security and human rights in order to achieve an equal future in a Covid-19 world. Often, this emphasis is left out in most programmes;
  • To engage policy makers on the formulation of bottom-up accountability measures that is in line with national and international protocols in promoting fundamental women rights

Key Achievements:

  • Conducted a baseline survey which confirmed the prevalence of harmful practices in the area.
  • Revived the District Combatting Gender Based Violence Network.
  • Formed and trained community action groups.
  • Revived and trained District Gender Technical Working Group on UNSCR 1325, Humanitarian Response and Gender Equality.