The Women’s Legal Resources Centre (Wolrec), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) working towards the elimination of gender-based violence in Nsanje, has admitted that there has been slow progress in the fight against the vice.
Wolrec District Project Officer, Evance Mathewe, said although some gender-based violence (GBV) cases in the two traditional authorities where they are working are being exposed, more issues are not being reported to relevant authorities.
He disclosed that over 400 GBV cases have been reported in Makoko and Chimombo traditional authorities since January 2015.
According to Mathewe, out of the 400 cases, 136 are of physical abuse issues, 117 are emotional abuse cases, 109 are economic abuses while 40 are sexual abuse matters.
“As stakeholders working towards the fight against GBV in the district, we see that there is little progress as far as the [cause] is concerned. There are more cases of gender-based violence happening in the communities. However, such cases are not being reported for special attention,” he said.
Mathewe also said communities have not been forthcoming with information regarding GBV perpetrators.
“Sometimes the communities conceal information regarding the perpetrators without clear reasons. Capacity building is also lacking amongst the communities on how they can handle issues of gender-based violence in their respective localities,” he said.
Mathewe said most women in the district do not trust duty-bearer who they accuse of shielding GBV perpetrators.
Meanwhile, Wolrec with funding from UNFPA, has donated 76 bicycles to ease mobility challenges that were being faced by community-based educators in Makoko and Chimombo areas.
“We thought of improving rapid response on cases of GBV in the two traditional authorities by our community-based educators. Most of the cases have been reported to the authorities by these people who are volunteers. Therefore, we thought it wise to provide the bicycles to them to have more desirable results,” Mathewe said.
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