Malawi has recently registered a high increase of Gender based violence especially against women. Recently a 30 year old Mirriam S....
Malawi has recently registered a high increase of Gender based violence especially against women. Recently a 30 year old Mirriam Siula was stabbed to death by her Ex-boyfriend who is now in police custody. This happened soon after Sally Mkwezalamba was repeatedly stabbed by a man, Edward Kulemeka, who is also in police custody. These are a few among other Gender Based Violence acts that are taking place in the houses and other locations but remain unreported because of what women are fed with or fear that the man is the bread winner of the house.
A section of Malawians have had enough of such cases and took to streets of Lilongwe and Chancellor College today. The march was organized by Oxfam and supported by many organizations and individuals including the Speaker of the National Assembly. The petitions were submitted to Ministry of Gender and Malawi Police Service at Civic Offices. The petition call for an implementation of the guidelines. “We call upon the Head of state to issue a statement as a He for She Ambassador to condemn Gender based violence in all its forms.” Reads one of the demands in the petition. The petition further demands that all teachers that engage in any form of Gender based violence be fired in their respective institutions.
The peaceful demo started from the Area 18 roundabout through parliament to city centre roundabout to Civic Offices. Demonstrators carried a number of placards that gives a message to all people and stakeholders to join hands in ending Gender based violence in Malawi. During the stopovers of the march, GBV survivors and other people spoke against such acts and labeled GBV as something not called for. “A real man do not beat his wife or any woman, a man that beats a woman is a coward,” Bon Kalindo.
The Ufulu Wanga team was also part of the peaceful demo in Lilongwe standing up against the barbaric acts of gender based violence. People need to speak up by reporting on www.ufuluwanga.com or on +265993892234 and alternatively to police for any gender based violence act on you or anyone.
Mandela Mwanza is a role model for the youth, an artist who is using his name to stand up against GBV. He is a Yali fellow and a strong He for She.
Written by Eve Kasambara