"Violence against women is an offense, not a private issue," "Ending gender violence starts with me,

thandie87
Posted January 14, 2021 from Malawi

Domestic violence is not an isolated occurrence, but what is most worrying is the form it now has taken.

"Maybe in the old days, we used to know the beating, shouting, and also stalking. "But now we are seeing a different one, where people are literally using small arms to harm others. Like, they are using guns, they are using knives, stabbing women, or literally using an axe."

men are sometimes driven to commit domestic violence because of the entrenched patriarchal nature in society, in which men regard themselves as decision-makers on behalf of women. "And I think the more women are getting empowered and are beginning to question [some decisions by men], you know, [in a] very honourable way of questioning,". As by statistics  show that 53 percent of married women report their current husbands as the perpetrators of the violence they face.

Domestic violence in Malawi is an offense punishable by a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.

Legal experts say some women fail to report domestic violence cases largely because of the high illiteracy rate among women, currently at 71 percentage

Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violation. As I look to this women should be more empowered by giving them things to be busy all the time and to be very reliable to the family. Not only women girls have been facing a lot of challenges in my country Malawi by being raped. This gives a lot of young girls to stop school either by being afraid to walk long distances in fear of meeting strange men along the way.

Young girls at the age of 5-10 are also being raped either by their step fathers of men in the communities and in the end it’s the children that suffer most because of being infected with strange diseases e.g. HIV/AIDS.

 

 

This story was submitted in response to Gender-Based Violence.

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jomarieb.earth
Jan 14
Jan 14

Dear Thandie,
Welcome to World Pulse. It is appalling what our sisters must endure for the sake of a male distorted ego. Unfortunately the answers probably don't depend on the men to correct. Women in all communities in the world must find the way to support and protect each other. It sounds like an impossible task, but who else can we turn to for understanding even the problem itself. This is massive sister. Thank you for sharing. And please continue to share your stories.
Hugs...JoMarie

maeann
Jan 15
Jan 15

Welcome to World Pulse Thandie :) Your story is your power!

Thank you for sharing your thoughts about Violence against women. I agree with Jomarie, we should continue to find ways to support and protect each other. This platform is our way to support each other by listening and hearing our thoughts and stories. Continue to raise your voice.

Hello, Thandie,

Welcome to World Pulse! What a joy that a new voice from Malawi is rising up!

You belong here, dear. We stand again violence against women and girls. I hope our resistance against this human rights violation gets louder and stronger until no woman nor girl become victims anymore.

Looking forward to reading more from you. Please keep on writing!

Welcome again to our growing sisterhood!

Tamarack Verrall
Jan 15
Jan 15

Dear Thandie,
A big welcome to World Pulse. Your voice is powerful, and the information so important for the whole world to know. By knowing, we are working closely together to stop the violence in all its forms, and to understand and undo all of the barriers women face. I so agree, we are up against a system of patriarchy in which men continue to teach men and boys that they have the right to dominate and violate women and girls. It is heartbreaking and enraging to learn that so many are being attacked, even such young girls, and then infected with AIDS as well. By knowing this we can work together.
I hope you will keep writing, and that you find strength in exploring and making connections here.

thandie87
Jan 15
Jan 15

Thanks for the welcome. And together we can indeed fight gender violence against women and bring to the end. By 2025 my hope is that women shall be heard and they shall be free again.

Andra Marasteanu
Jan 16
Jan 16

Dear Thandie, thank you for sharing your view on Gender Based Violence in Malawi. It is heart breaking to see that everywhere there rates of violence are high and the types are many. In the same time, it is empowering to know that more and more women everywhere decide to break the silence over this matter. indeed, it is very important to empower women to know and see their worth and also to educate them about the rights they have - everyone knows that violence is not good, but women need to know that they have rights, that violence is not normal even if it is the norm, that the way things are can and should be challenged and changed and especially that they are not alone. Stay strong, together we can do this.