The country’s First Lady Madam Monica Chakwera has bemoaned the continued rise of Gender Based Violence (GBV), calls for collective effort in fighting the malpractice.

Madam Chakwera made the call in a special address in her capacity as the Ambassador of Ending Violence against Women and Girls Campaign as the world is Commemorating 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence.

The First Lady, said it is disheartening to note that the period is coming at a time when the country is registering more sexual abuse cases against women and girls.

She further added that it is worrisome that despite the country having sound policies and laws against gender based violence such cases continue to grow.

She stressed that sexual violence against women and girls is unacceptable and a gross violation of human rights and all people must work together in rooting out the vice.

The First Lady has among others called on Traditional Leaders and faith leader to take a lead in the fight by among others doing away with old bad customs that promote GBV.

Malawi together with the world is commemorating 16 days of activism against gender based violence from 25 November to 10 December. The theme for this year is Unite to End Gender Based Violence.

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