Men should report gender based violence – WOLREC

The Women’s Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC) has called on men in the country to report Gender Based Violence (GBV) noting that most African married male hardly report such acts in fear of being perceived as cowards or inferior.

In an interview with the Malawi News Agency (MANA) on Thursday in Blantyre, WOLREC Communications Manager, Dumase Zgambo Mapemba highlighted that unnecessary African beliefs and myths that married men do not feel pain prevents them from reporting any forms of Gender Based Violence taking place in their lives.

She said most married men suffer in silence because of their male dominance syndrome and belief that weakness is perceived as a taboo or something unheard of in society.

“It’s indeed unfortunate that male from time immemorial choose to keep on suffering in silence once their rights have been infringed upon or violated in one way or the other; but their women folk have always been in the forefront reporting such cases to the relevant authorities,” she said adding that culprits have been handed severe and stiff penalties because of the abuse,” Mapemba pointed out.

She urged all married male to report GBV-related cases to WOLREC and other key stakeholders in the fight against such violations saying men should not be ashamed or abashed to report such cases for fear of being perceived as inferior in society.

Besides WOLREC, the Malawi Police Service (MPS) has also been professionally intervening in GBV-related cases through its fully-fledged department known as Victim Support Units (VSU) which are always flocked with complaints mostly from women.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA