By Esther Manduwa
In the wake of increased cases of abuse perpetrated against women and children, Plan International Malawi has challenged the country’s youths to rise up and make a difference using every arsenal in their possession.
The organization’s Interim Programs Director Thoko Lusinje emphasized inclusion of youths in initiatives aimed at bringing to an end all forms of gender based violence is important.
Against this background, Plan International Malawi introduced a contest dubbed In My Lens Competition to empower young people to help combat gender based violence using art.
Speaking on Tuesday, Lusinje said it is sad to note youths are among the worst affected by gender based violence.
She added that the competition has also helped to discover hidden talents that lack exposure to shine.
In her remarks, Head of CIB for FDH Bank Mary Nkando Jussab said it was worthwhile supporting the competition in a quest to curb alarming levels of gender based violence in the country.
Jussab asked the general public to make an effort to stamp out gender based violence each day not just the chosen timeframe set to raise awareness against the vice.
Three youths were recognized for their exploits in the In My Lens Competition and each went away with Seventy-Five Thousand Kwacha cash prize in photography, drawings and computer generated graphics categories.
19-year-old Mable Wasi says she was touched by alarming cases of rape and defilement that have hit the nation.