Blantyre, The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare says it has engaged in several legal and policy reforms aimed at reducing cases of Child rights violations.
Speaking at the opening an Early Childhood Development Thematic Working Group (ECD-TWG) meeting on Tuesday, Minister on Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalirani said studies conducted on violence against children by the ministry have given a true picture of the magnitude of violence and the accompanying priority national response demand actions to be undertaken by all stakeholders.
“It is clear that we need to do something about this situation so that children including those with albinism are protected and develop into useful citizens who will develop our country.
“Cases of violence are happening every day and this has a lifelong impact on the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of children,” said Kalirani.
The minister said the ECD-TWG meeting is taking place at a right time where her ministry is scaling up efforts to reduce emotional, physical and sexual violence including sexual abuse towards girls and young women as well as boys and children working and living on the streets.
“My ministry has engaged in several legal and policy reforms. These reforms are aiming at reducing cases of child rights violations. You are all aware that Malawi is a signatory to the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC), the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography (OPSC) and the Optional Protocol to the CRC on the involvement of Children in Armed Conflict (OPAC).
“It is our duty as Malawian Organizations to implement these protocols,” she highlighted.
The reforms to protect child rights include the enactment of; the Child Care Protection and Justice Act (2010), Trafficking in Persons Bill (2015), Prevention of Violence and Domestic Act (2006), Gender Equality Act (2013) and Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act(2015) according to Kalirani.
She also cited; the signing of the commitment to eliminate child marriages, fighting violence against children like defilement, rape, child labor, child trafficking, child prostitution, pornography, endangering children and people with albinism, provision of child protection services through community victim support units and one stop centers and also conducting child protection campaigns as some of the initiatives aimed at protecting children in the country.
Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA