The Minister, Jean Kalilani will on Saturday, 25th November 2017, launch the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence at Police Grounds in Mzimba.
Making the announcement at the Central Office of Information in Lilongwe, the Minister said that government is committed to ending gender based violence in the country, and as such the Ministry will work hard to ensure that the goal is met.
“Gender Based Violence is evil and retrogressive to development of our country. To this effect I would like to condemn its occurrence in strongest terms and my Ministry will not tolerate the manifestation of this malpractice. Potential perpetrators of violence, both men and women, should internalize positive values which respect and protect the dignity of all people and particularly the vulnerable groups by ensuring that they are free from any form of violence,” she said.
The Minister further called upon all District Councils and all Malawians to commemorate the Campaign within the 16 days to eliminate Gender Based Violence in homes, work and public places and communities.
“I appeal to all institutions to make deliberate visible initiatives within the 16 days. Let us flood the media and communities with messages of peace that aim to end Gender Based Violence,” she added.
In her remarks, Chaiperson of NGO-GCN Emma Kaliya said that although there has been progress in fight against against GBV, there still is a lot of work that needs to be done to eliminate violence. She decried the recent acts of violence that were perpetrated by women in Lilongwe and assured the nation that everyone will be taken to task if they break the law regardless of sex. Kaliya also thanked law enforcement agencies for swiftly taking to action the perpetrators.
“It is sad to not that women are perpetrating violence. I would like to commend the police and justice systems for swiftly taking the perpetrators of violence to task. People must know that women are not special, they will be equally treated as men when they break the law. These acts are very shameful,” she said.
Since the fight against GBV was started 20 years ago the country has made progress in areas such as awareness creation, reported cases to the police, the passing of laws by parliament and the active role by the judiciary in presiding over cases of GBV.