The Malawi Government says it has made strides to make sure that gender based violence should end in the country though more action is needed to end the malpractice.
This is coming at a time when Malawi and the rest of the world are commemorating 16 days of activism against gender based violence which started on 25 November (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women).
The theme for this year’s commemoration is ”peace in the home, peace in the community, make education safe for all”.
Launching the commemoration in Lilongwe, minister of gender, children, disability and social welfare Jean Kalilani said government has different policies that are aimed at making sure that gender based violence is dealt with.
Kalilani said laws passed by Parliament have also helped in the eradication of gender based violence and government will strengthen the policies put in place to completely end gender based violence.
“Government has various policies to make sure that gender based violence is dealt with but still gender based violence is still there so there is need to more,” said Kalilani.
She urged men to report gender based violence as most times when they are abused they do not come out because they feel shy.
According to Kalilani, there is need to do more of counselling to make sure that people are encouraged to report gender based violence.
She further said that government is still making sure that all necessary action is taken so that there is no more gender based violence.