Govt Urge Citizens to Protect Children From Abuse
Minister of Gender, Social Welfare, and Community Development Patricia Kaliati has expressed concern over continued trends by some people especially women in shielding perpetrators of abuse such as rape and defilement, which she says is infringing efforts by Government and stakeholders in trying to end the vice.
She said this at Mfera Primary school Traditional Authority (TA) Kalolo in Lilongwe during an Oxfam Community Event in Profiling Women Leadership as part of its 50:50 Elect her and Retain Her Campaign.
“It’s disappointing to see that until now there are women out there who are shielding suspects. There are so many reasons they give, some do not want their husbands to go to prison or get a divorce. We however need to break this cycle and protect our young girls,” said Kaliati.
Commenting on the matter Oxfam Country Director Lingalireni Mihowa committed to continuing working with communities and members of parliament particularly female legislators in the fight against Gender-Based Violence (GBV).
She said: “We are able to see that women have great capabilities. We have been working with female MPs since they were elected and we collaborate with them in ending gender-based violence, ending child marriages, and promoting education for girls and other vulnerable children.”
During the event the organization donated motorbikes, bicycles, school bags, and solar lamps to support communities in handling GBV cases and supporting students in need.