Kamtukule (L), Musician Nyago (C) on the LiFest cocktail on Friday
Deputy Minister of Labour Vera Kamtukule has counseled LiFest Malawi for utilizing the ability of music to sort out problems with psychological well being and gender-based violence (GBV).
LiFest has organized the Lilongwe Music Pageant to be held from 29 to 30 October in Lilongwe the place Nigerian artist JoeBoy and Jamaica’s Christopher will carry out.
By the competition, LiFest is searching for to achieve out to younger people who find themselves battling psychological well being and going through GBV.
Talking at a cocktail which LiFest held for companions on Friday, Kamtukule stated it’s encouraging to notice that LiFest is leveraging the ability of music in bringing individuals collectively to sort out problems with psychological well being and GBV.
She stated individuals of all ages are going by way of numerous points amid the Covid-19 pandemic which has affected companies and has led to lack of jobs.
“So, if we now have a bunch that’s mobilizing assets to assist people who find themselves going through psychological well being points, I feel that’s one thing we must always commend but additionally one thing that we must always assist,” stated Kamtukule.
She additional stated that authorities is taking problems with psychological well being very significantly and is wanting into the difficulty of scarcity of psychological well being practitioners.
“I feel within the subsequent three to 5 years there must be a really huge change. Entry to psychological well being assist can be costly in Malawi and that’s additionally one of many points that we try to handle so that folks can get psychological well being assist in public hospitals,” she stated.
LiFest challenge coordinator Mayamiko Kalumo stated they’re attempting to deliver a unique method with the intention to join younger individuals to the assistance that they want.
“There may be stigma on the market, individuals can’t go on the market and be open to speak about what they’re going through. We now have heard loads of tales of individuals killing themselves or hurting one another. So, we’re simply attempting to make use of music as a typical language to method psychological well being but additionally gender primarily based violence,” stated Kalumo.
He added that utilizing proceeds from the competition, the group needs to assemble a rehabilitation centre for youth going through psychological well being points and GBV to have a secure area the place they will search steerage.
LiFest has additionally partnered Caring Arms for a program the place individuals can anonymously search assist from professionals.
Throughout the cocktail, the group unveiled musician Nyago as LiFest GBV and Psychological Well being ambassador.
Nyago was compelled into youngster labour and later into an organized marriage the place she suffered GBV. She overcome such challenges and her music speaks about her story of survival.
“The messages that I’m carrying are sturdy messages. That is private for me and my intention is to inform those that they aren’t alone, there are different those that they will discuss to,” stated Nyago.