NFYD bemoans culture of secrecy in dealing with GBV
By Esnath Kalawe
Network for Youth Development (NfYD) has challenged duty bearers in Traditional Authority (TA) Malili in Lilongwe to evade from a culture of silence in reporting perpetrators of Gender Based Violence (GBV) as one way of commemorating 16 days of Activisms against GBV.
The challenge was made at Likuni ground in the area of TA Malili in Lilongwe Wednesday when different duty bearers together with parents as well as children were brought together to commemorate 16 days of Activism against GBV.
Despite several campaigns in dealing with cases of GBV which started way back, the country was still distressed with increasing cases in GBV mostly on girls which requires combined efforts in dealing with the malpractice.
NfYD Executive Director, Gift Numeri lamented the culture of not speaking out and reporting cases of abuse predominantly the rape cases which are on the rise in the country.
“What we are hearing is just an aspect of so many cases that are happening behind the practice. There are still people that wouldn’t come out and report cases that are happening for instance the rape cases and many other violations that are happening in their houses,” he noted.
Numeri described the tendency as very pathetic saying perpetrators in the malpractice and many other violations are people who are supposed to provide protection to the children, not structuring the cases to be rampant in the country.
“The culture of silence is popping in again and again, those that are involved in these abuses are Uncles, Brothers, Biological Fathers worse still step Fathers among others. It is quite difficult for people of same house to report who ever might be in the household,” he added.
Speaking on behalf of TA Malili, Group Village headman, Chala said the programme was already discussed with fellow Chiefs in the area.
“Issues related to GBV should not be handled at family level but rather be reported to relevant authorities like Police and other child protection groups and organizations, that’s what we agreed with fellow Chiefs,” he said.
Ivy Kanje a learner from Likuni Girls primary school, a beneficiary of Her Future Her Choice project under NfYD encouraged her fellow girls not to be threatened by boys.
She said any kind of a man should not abuse them nor stop them from school saying boys and girls are the same and have equal rights to attain education hence supported the trend of reporting GBV regardless of who ever must be, must be reported.
This year’s national event on I6 days of Activism against GBV was held in Mangochi under a theme, Unite to End Gender-Based Violence: Prevent, Report, Respond, Fund.