The clergy last Friday called on Malawians to take a collective responsibility in protecting women and girls from harassment.
Reverend Baxton Maulidi from Saint PaulÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s CCAP in Chiwembe said it is everybodyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s responsibility to make sure all women and girls are protected from harassment of any sort.
He was speaking at a vigil held by women at HHIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Multipurpose Hall, in Blantyre.
“It is our responsibility to take a leading role in protecting women and girls from any sort of torture.
“This action should be taken by all religious leaders, those in the business community, and traditional leaders. Let us all join hands for the protection of women and girlsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ rights,” said Maulidi before ushering a closing prayer.
Founder and director of Word Alive International Church Apostle Zacc Kawalala led the women in calling for healing from heaven.
“Today, we have gathered here to call upon the name of the Lord to heal our motherland Malawi from further intimidations from thugs and unruly youths.
“We are humbling ourselves before you women to forgive us from what you faced in Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Blantyre when you were stripped naked,” apologised Kawalala.
Reading from Genesis 1 Reverend Vincent Chirwa of the Blantyre Baptist Church said God took time to create a woman to show how special she was.
“Our women deserve respect from all of us, especially we men. We were born from them and it is nonsense to undress your own mother. The Bible tells us to respect our parents,” said Chirwa.