First Lady bemoans gender-based violence record

Maria Jose Torres

First lady Monica Chakwera has said it is unfortunate that Malawi is number 12 on the list of countries that registered more cases of gender-based violence (GBV) than others.

She said this when she was the Guest of Honour at an event organised through the joint Spotlight Initiative by the United Nations (UN) and the European Union (EU), which was held under the theme ‘Digital Generation: Our Generation’ on Tuesday.

“It is sad to note that 38 percent of girls in Malawi have been subjected to abuse in one way or another. I and the President [Lazarus Chakwera] are ready to work with development partners to find a solution to curb the vice,” Chakwera said.


Gender, Child Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati applauded local, international organisations and embassies for playing a key role in the fight against GBV.

Malawi continues to register rising cases of GBV and, soon, it will join the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism against GBV which will, this year, implore everyone to take part in the fight against the vice.

EU Ambassador to Malawi Rune Skinnebach called for collaborative efforts in the fight against GBV.


“The EU recognises the importance of protecting and promoting the girl-child and the need to join hands in dealing with challenges affecting girls and young women,” Skinnebach said

UN Resident Coordinator Maria Jose Torres outlined achievements made, through the UN-funded Spotlight Initiative, in promoting girls’ rights, citing the formation of bylaws to deter child marriages in the country.

She also challenged individuals, organisations and the Government of Malawi to embrace unity in the fight against GBV.

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