Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati has called for an end to all forms of gender-based violence (GBV) in the country.
Kaliati said this at an event marking the end of 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence.
At the event, which Tea Association of Malawi (Taml) organised in Mulanje District, Kaliati acknowledged that men, too, are abused but lamented that such cases often go unreported.
“That is why, this year, we are saying no one should be left behind in the fight against GBV because we know that, apart from various forms of violence that women face both at the workplace and at home, men also face such kind of violence which, in most cases, goes unreported.
“It is our call, therefore, the all stakeholders have to join hands to end all forms of abuse in our society,” Kaliati said.
She cited collaboration as one of the effective tools for fighting GBV.
“Both State and non- State actors need to work together so that enough penalties are given to those found in the wrong to discourage would-be perpetrators from engaging in such practices. GBV denies people, especially women and girls, their rights,” Kaliati said.
Taml Board Chairperson Sangwani Hara reiterated the need to end all forms of abuse targeted at men and women.
“That is why we, as a sector, have established various initiatives in a bid to ensure that we prevent all forms of violence at the workplace, apart from instituting reporting mechanisms to encourage people to report when they face any kind of abuse at the workplace,” Hara said.
The tea sector employs about 60,000 people, 35, 000 of whom are women and prone to various forms of abuse at the workplace.
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