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Ministry Challenges Stakeholders to be serious when collecting data

Ministry of Gender Community Development and Social Welfare has challenged protection clusters in the country to be serious when collecting data which will help to provide real basic needs of survivors of any disasters.

Speaking during the closing of two days protection and social support cluster coordination to Nsanje District Protection and Social Support Committee, Chairperson for the National Protection Cluster Committee who is also deputy director of child affairs, Justin Hamela said most districts protection cluster committees fail to have proper assessments of survivors a development which make other survivors not to be assisted accordingly.

We are part of the team that works hand in and with other clusters like, shelter, food and water. Now, if we one is excluded, it becomes very difficult to get particular support. So, we thought this engagement would improve coordination among humanitarian workers in course of their work.


Our ministry is focused much on the best ways to protect women and girls mainly during the time of receiving relief aid as most of them are subjected to sexual exploitation and sexual abuse in exchange of relief items which is contrary to guidelines of humanitarian agencies.

We need our women and girls to be protected in realizing their rights and also for them to understand that relief aid is for free.Foundation for Civic Education and Social Empowerment (FOCESE), Gender and Protection Officer, Dalitso Kachiwala whose organization supported the orientation said they organized the forum after noticing the gap mainly in coordination among humanitarian players.

Kachiwala alleged that some people staging themselves as humanitarian workers in areas of District Civil Protection Committee, Area Civil Protection Committees and Village Civil Protection Committees were violeting rights of survivors as they were taking advantage of their vulnerability a development which other victims ended up exchanging relief items with sex posing their lives at risk.

Nsanje District Social Welfare Officer, Chikumbutso Salifu thanked the ministry for the orientation saying it will improve coordination among humanitarians and also to the dos and don’ts when executing their duties with survivors.

FOCESE is implementing a response project to Cyclone Tropical Ana in two twin districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa with money amounting to K3.6 million from the UNFPA.

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