Minister of gender, children, disability and social welfare Patricia Kaliati has encouraged women to know the country’s laws so that they avoid the suffering that comes with divorce.
Kaliati said her ministry has observed that most women are not well conversant with the law and that is causing more suffering among the women and children as they are given small amounts of money.
Kaliati said government is doing whatever it can to protect women and children and she disclosed that her ministry has a free lawyer who helps those who seek justice.
The minister said there is need to mobilise women to let them understand legislations like the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Law which talks about how couples should relate and take care of their children.
“We have to mobilize women in order to let them know the laws that protect them and there are laws such as Will, Inheritance and Protection Act. At the moment most women are deceived and given small amounts of money after divorce which is not good,” said Kaliati.
She further said that there is need to encourage children to go to school because when they are educated they will decide the age they want to get married and the number of children they will be able to take care of.