Looking at the magnitude of child abuse cases happening in this country Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Honorable Mary Thom Navicha has called on the nation to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence, including cyber violence.
During a press briefing that took place on 4th October, 2019 in the ministry’s conference room at Capital Hill the minister emphasized on how Cases of Violence experienced by a child have long lasting effects on the emotional, psychological and physical wellbeing of children as well as the community.
The Minister said it is disheartening how videos and images of children circulate with their identities not hidden.
“The emergence and rapid evolution of social media networks, such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, as well as other communication and information technologies including the radio and cell phones have brought many benefits to all aspects of modern life. However, they also pose new and complex challenges. Of special concern are the recent viral messages that have been circulating on social media of children being abused, this is disheartening,” she said.
“It should be noted that my Ministry has engaged in several legal and policy reforms aimed at reducing cases of child rights violations. These include the enactment of the Child Care Protection and Justice Act (2010), the Trafficking in Persons Act (2015), the signing of the commitment to eliminate child marriages and Fighting violence against children like defilement, rape, child labour, child trafficking, child prostitution and pornography,” Navicha added.
Navicha then informed Malawians that it is possible to report child abuse cases with dignity and using the appropriate channels so that children access responsive services without being stigmatized.