U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and visiting U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues, Catherine Russell have announced a $6 million (MK 4.4 billion) in new funding from the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues.
According to a press release from the American Embassy in Malawi made available to Malawi News Agency (Mana) Monday, the funding is part of a comprehensive programme to address and respond to gender-based violence in Malawi and Tanzania announced by President Obama in 2015.
The statement reads that the programme will use targeted approaches to tackle gender-based violence in partnership with communities and local organizations and networks.
“It will support multi-sector efforts to respond to gender-based violence, strengthen care for survivors, and aim to prevent gender-based violence through community engagement and economic empowerment activities,” reads part of the statement.
Engender Health, an international non-governmental organization, with a sub-grant to World Education Bantwana for the work in Tanzania, will implement the new programme, according to the statement.
“Gender-based violence is a global issue that no country has solved, but we’ve seen how progress is possible, particularly when everyone comes together, and how it makes a difference for women, their families, and the economy,” said U.S. Ambassador-at-large for Global Women’s Issues Russell during her current visit to Malawi.
“That’s why the United States is committed to working with the government of Malawi, as well as civil society, community leaders, and women and their families, who are bravely working to end gender-based violence in Malawi.” reads the statement.
U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer added, “We were pleased to make this announcement during the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, demonstrating the U.S. Government’s firm commitment to support Malawi’s efforts to end gender-based violence.”
The U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues also currently funds a $400,000 (MK 280 million) project in Malawi administered by UN Women to support survivors of gender-based violence through economic empowerment.
The U.S. Secretary of State’s Office of Global Women’s Issues, headed by Ambassador Russell, seeks to ensure that women’s issues are fully integrated in the formulation and conduct of U.S. foreign policy.
The Office works to promote peace, prosperity, and security by empowering women politically, socially, and economically around the world, according to the statement. (By Gladys Kamakanda)