Economic dependency by women to men in the country has been singled out as one the major factors fueling Gender Based Violence (GBV) in the country.
Assistant programme manager for National Association of People living with HIV and Aids in Malawi (Napham) Dickens Kolondo made the observation in Salima on Tuesday during a meeting for positive voices against GBV.
He said most women are abused, but fail to report violence for fear of losing financial support if perpetrators are husbands or bread winners.
The meeting also revealed that the tendency by some local leaders to demand K300 as consultation fee popularly known as chabwalo restricts access to justice for the underprivileged.
The meeting attracted Napham officers from Ntchisi, Dowa, Nkhota-kota, Salima, the judiciary, police’s victim support unit officers.