Government denounces violence against women

The ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has condemned increasing cases of violence against women and children in the country.

Minister responsible, Dr. Jean Kalilani said in a statement that she is saddened with reports of gruesome acts of violence against women in August 2017.

Dr. Kalilani said she is deeply disappointed to see that this is happening despite registering progress in passing the laws and frameworks to fight gender based violence.

“Since the ratification of a number of international protocols government and its stakeholders have invested a lot in disseminating these rights of women and children. Government has further domesticated the provisions in the gender related laws,” she said.

Dr. Kalilani said cited the constitution of Malawi, the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act of 2006 and the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act of 2010 as some of the legal instruments that criminalises all forms of gender based violence,

For the past months the country has seen the gruesome murders and physical assault of women and their babies by men in Mulanje, Mangochi, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

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