Robert Chiwamba, STEP ambassador has launched Taima (Here We Stand) to call on all people of Malawi to end gender based violence.

The poem Taima (Here We Stand) calls on all people to take a stand against Gender-Based Violence (GBV) and particularly for men to be role models as advocates for the elimination of GBV.

“And when they ask us why this battle is so important,

Why we try so hard to build an army against this violence,

Our reason is simple:

The respect for women underlies basic humanity.

Humanity spreads peace and joy.

Peace lays the foundation for development.

And so, we will recruit as many as we can to fight this war.”

The poem launch was one of the many important activities to mark 16 days of activism against gender based violence.  It took place on Wednesday, December 6, 2017 at Kwaharaba Art Gallery in Blantyre. The show was hosted by Yankho Seunda, and other artists who also performed during the launch included Comfort Sesani, Gome Chirambo, Chiku Uwali, Chikondi and Brian Kalinde. Apart from performing live at the show, later in the evening the video of the poem was premiered through Matindi Television.

Robert Chiwamba has marked each of the 16 days of activism for a call to his fellow Malawians to stand against GBV.

One of the objectives of STEP is to support colleges to be safe, violence free, and to have an inclusive learning environment.   We applaud our ambassadors and the colleges in Malawi that have participated fully in the campaign to end GBV.

16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence was launched in 1991 to call upon all individuals to stimulate action to end violence against women and girls around the world.  It runs from November 25 which is the International day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. #LeaveNoOneBehind #EndGenderBasedViolence.  This year’s theme is #LeaveNoOneBehind – Ending Gender Based Violence.

To listen to the poem please click here Taima

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