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PLAN,GVT UNITE TO END CYBER BULLYING
By Emma Zawanda
Plan International Malawi and government have gone an extra mile in protecting girls from cyber harassment by entering into a formal partnership.
On Thursday, the two sides put pen to paper to seal the agreement in Lilongwe.
Plan International Malawi Communications and Campaign Manager Rogers Siula said "Cyber bullying has inflicted a lot of pain on girls, affecting girls’ emotions and productivity."
Siula said the Ministry of Civic Education and National Unity will help address this challenge by among others influencing mindset on use of social media.
"Enhancing implementation of existing laws on countering cyber harassment would be a huge step." pointed Siula.
He has since expressed commitment on the part of Plan International Malawi in coordinating with law enforcement agencies as well as companies that manage social media platforms.
In his remarks, Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Mtambo stressed that 'it is worrisome that most people use social media for ill intentions.'
Mtambo went on to appeal for mindset change to safeguard rights of girls and the general public as a whole.