As the country joins the rest of the world in commemorating 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence (GBV) today, the Ministry of Gender has said the country has recorded 13,056 cases of GBV in the first nine months of 2021.
Gender Minister Patricia Kaliati disclosed this in Parliament yesterday when she presented a ministerial report on the Commemoration of 16 Days of Activism Against GBV campaign.
According to Kaliati, of the cases, 1,224 pertain to defilement, representing 9.4 percent.
Topping the list of GBV cases are cases of marital and interpersonal conflict at 4,051 followed by economic abuse at 2,440 cases. Physical violence cases are third at 2,090 while 1,586 cases were related to conduct likely to cause breach of peace.
According to Kaliati, between January and September this year, there have been 122 cases of suicide, of which 101 cases involved males and 21 cases involved females.
“It should be noted that cases of GBV are rising every month. Some of the reasons are due to increased awareness on what constitutes a violation of one’s human rights and the need to report for redress; increased awareness that domestic violence is not a private matter but a public issue; persistent harmful cultural practices, drug and alcohol abuse and the use of social media, among others.
“Among the reasons for committing suicide include failure to settle debts due to economic hardships, extramarital affairs by spouses, poor social relationships, lack of family support and men’s reluctance to report personal problems,” Kaliati said.
She noted that the 16 Days of Activism campaign for 2021 would be launched today by First Lady Monica Chakwera at Chiwaza Ground in Chintheche, Nkhata Bay.