Malawi: Mhub Equips Mtandire Children With Digital Skills for Reporting Rape Cases

Adolescent boys and girls from Mtandire Township in Lilongwe will no longer have to go to a police unit or station to report cases of gender based violence (GBV), rape and defilement cases.

For the past three days, mHub – which champions the development of local technology solutions – hosted a three-day day digital skills workshop for young boys and girls from Mtandire.

The children were trained on how they can use basic technology such short message service (SMS) to report on Gender Based Violence and any form of human rights violation.

Since 2017, mHub has been training adolescents from Mtandire in football activities and life skills under Our Shared Goal program, a project being implemented by British Council in partnership with Tingathe, Play football Malawi, and mHub; as one way of ending Gender Based Violence and promoting gender equality.

But as part of the celebration of this year’s 16 Days of Activism, mHub decided to train the young boys and girls from Mtandire in basic digital skills to fight Gender Based Violence (GBV), rape and defilement through use of a simple mobile phone.

The digital skills training brought together GBV experts from the Gender and Justice Unit, Women Lawyers Association of Malawi and the Victim Support Unit.

Monica Madulira-Ndalama, one of the programme managers at mHub, said the program will help in the fight against gender based violence, as the young girls have been impacted with knowledge on GBV and how to report on gender based violence using a basic mobile phone.