The Malawi Irish Consortium on Gender Based Violence (MICGBV) formed in 2014 and is now composed of ActionAid, Concern Worldwide, GOAL, Oxfam, Irish Aid, Irish Rule of Law, Trócaire and Self Help Africa with UN Women as a collaborator.
Each year since its inception, the MICGBV has mobilized around 16 Days of Activism, a global advocacy campaign seeking to raise awareness on issues of gender based violence (GBV). In 2014 the MICGBV put on a photo exhibition and created informational booklets on the topic of women as agents of change in reducing violence against women and girls. In 2015, a second iteration of these events focused on engaging men as agents of change against GBV.
Beginning in 2016, the MICGBV expanded its reach for 16 Days of Activism to include advocacy in addition to awareness raising. In partnership with Theatre for a Change (TFaC), a Malawian NGO, and UN Women, the Malawi Consortium has done a series of interactive radio programmes and advocacy events involving national-level stakeholders. Each year has shone the spotlight on different GBV-related topics, including the right to live free from violence (2016), marital rape (2017), and GBV in the agricultural value chain (2018). All programming was backed up by qualitative research conducted by organisations in the Malawi Consortium.