Scar of Life, a youth non-governmental organisation (NGO), has called for increased awareness on violence against women and girls in Blantyre and surrounding areas to reduce cases of gender-based violence (GBV).
The call comes as Malawi is expected to join the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence from November 25 to December 10 2021.
Scar of Life executive director Valentino Molosen said in an interview on Wednesday that lack of awareness, security, social support and socio-economic inequalities are some of the major factors contributing to the increase in GBV in the district.
“We need to ensure that all cases of sexual abuse and GBV are dealt with promptly and decisively by strengthening linkages at local and national level,” he said.
One of the youths, Moses Chigwanjira said awareness is key to reducing GBV cases.
“We think this will be an ongoing process so that youths know gender-based violence is counterproductive to socio-economic development,” he said.
A report from the Malawi Police Service released in September this year indicated that between January and September 2021, the country recorded over 13 000 GBV cases.
Adopted by the United Nations for member States, the 16 days of Activism Against GBV consolidates and intensifies efforts and initiatives to prevent and eradicate the vice.
Malawi will commemorate this year’s 16 Days of Activism Against GBV under the theme ‘End Violence Against Women and Girls, Act Now’.