UNFPA Country’s Gender Program Officer Beatrice Kumwenda made the assurance in Mzuzu during the opening of a one day Protection Mainstreaming Training Package for District Frontline Officers drawn from the North.
Kumwenda said in emergencies such as violent conflicts or natural disasters, the risk of violence, exploitation and abuse is heightened particularly for women and girls.
“We want the message to trickle down to every level including district and local levels,” Kumwenda said.
In his remarks Deputy Director of Nutrition, HIV and AIDS in the Ministry of Gender, Children Disability and Social Welfare Charles Mazinga described the training as the best tool of sharing challenges faced by frontline staff members in combating gender based violence during disasters.
“The training has accorded our frontline officers to share experiences encountered and has provided possible solutions,” Mazinga said.
Mazinga who is also the Ministry’s Chairperson of Protection Cluster further highlighted that the package is timely as the rainy season is fast approaching.
The Protection Mainstreaming Package is the collaboration between clusters and MVAC response.