Blantyre, . Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has said it is not satisfied with reported cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
The Ministry launched Ndiulula campaign in November, 2018 which aimed at breaking the long standing culture of rear, silence and normalization of violence, especially sexual harassment in the world of work by bringing it to spotlight.
Principal Gender and Development Officer in the Ministry, Joseph Kalelo disclosed this in an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday in Blantyre,
He said the Ministry has received nearly 30 complaints only national wide regarding Ndiulula, a thing he described as not impressive.
Taking into account the increasing rate of violence cases, the figures are not satisfactory. Reporting of abusive cases still remains a challenge. Our challenges have been the delay in the response to the reported incidences by service providers such as police, courts and other players, Kalelo said.
He stated that there is lack of support services like counselling for the victims and that much focus is on the perpetrator than the survivor.
There is lack of legal support for the survivors most of whom are poor to hire lawyers. The community and society are not supportive towards the victims such that survivors face stigma, Kalelo said.
Executive Director of Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre Emma Kaliya said that, We still have very strong patriarchal systems influencing socialisation processes in our communities and remain a barrier to achieving a violent free society in Malawi and across the globe.
She mentioned that failure to report such issues may be explained in several ways such as lack of awareness of the existing policies and laws as well as lack of response systems and therefore, individuals feel discouraged to report.
Kaliya added that Ministry of Gender as the National Gender machinery has a responsibility of ensuring that everybody is obligated to the requirements of the law and any other instruments as prescribed by member of states, Malawi inclusive.
In a related development, the Ministry in collaboration with the European Union (EU) and United Nations (UN) will soon launch a project called Spotlight Initiative with an aim or eradicating violence against women and girls.
Source: MANA Online