Identifying Gaps in Laws Critical in GBV Fight- MLS

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) has underscored the need to look at existing gaps in laws if any, for the country to win the fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV).

MLS Chief Executive Officer Mzati Kidney Mbeko spoke in an interview in Nsanje Monday after briefing Malemia Area Development Committee (ADC) on K68 million four months GBV project the organization is implementing in the district.

"We have had GBV issues, so we want to look at whether we had adequate laws or not. The key intervention is on access to the laws.

"Do we have gaps in the laws in this fight to eliminate Gender Based Violence in the district? So, we want to look at the interface between GBV and the law," said Mbeko.

Mbeko said it is important to ask "why we still have GBV when we have laws in place?"

He cited laws such as Prevention of Domestic Violence Act enacted in 2006, Gender Equality Act enacted in 2013, and Deceased Estate and Wills and Inheritance enacted in 2011.

The Malawi Law Society Chief Executive Officer believes the UN Women funded project will make a difference in eliminating GBV in the district.

"So, we were briefing ADC members on the project. We are also seeking their input for successful implementation of the same," said Mbeko. 

Malemia ADC Chairperson Mathias Chilumba has described the project as critical saying more efforts are required in fighting the vice.

"We have a lot of work to be done on the ground hence the project has come at the right time. The organization will complement what other organizations are doing on the same.

The Malawi Law Society is implementing the project under Spotlight Initiative.

The project according to the MLS CEO, will run from March to June this year.

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