“We are planning to conduct sensitization and awareness meetings on Gender-based Violence (GBV) during this Corona virus era as more children and women will be victims of GBV and child abuse,” said Thyolo District Social Welfare Officer, Robert Sawiche.
Sawiche said this when Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) was conducting one of its sensitization meetings on Corona virus at Traditional Authority Boyd in Thyolo District.
Sawiche said that most women and children face child abuse issues when they are on holidays.
“When school closes, many children face different forms of GBV in their homes fueled by their parents, relatives, friends and neighbors making GBV cases increase in numbers,” said Sawiche.
CRECCOM Program Officer, Jenner Namoto, said that most children are mostly affected negatively during end of term holidays. He also said that with the school lock down in Malawi and other countries, many students are most likely to be victims of GBV.
Agreeing with Namoto, Sawiche said that his office has received more cases on GBV during the school lock down period than before enhanced by the emergence of Corona virus outbreak.
“We have reported many cases on GBV during this period that schools have been on nation wide lock down and most of the cases are about forced marriages and unwanted pregnancies among young girls,” said Sawiche.
To ensure that GBV cases are resolved, Sawiche said that his office will work closely with community based organizations, faith-based organizations, and Child protection Officers in the district.