Increased GBV Amid COVID19 Worries Govt

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Authorities are expressing concern over rising incidences of gender based violence and child abuse since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic.

Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati shared the distress during a media briefing called to outline the ministry’s mandate and activities.

Kaliati confirmed that her ministry has noted that the closure of schools due to Covid-19, has rendered many young people idle, resulting in increased cases of teen pregnancies, early marriages, drug and substance abuse.

She revealed that her ministry is already working with various stakeholders to deal with the challenges citing the introduction of educational radio programmes as one of the ways to deal with the vices.

Kaliati also pledged the government’s assistance to vulnerable street children in collaboration with their families in the form of skills development and rehabilitation services.

She further disclosed that the government is ready to support programmes and activities for persons with disabilities through a Disability Trust Fund that currently has MW K200 000 000.

Turning to persons with albinism, Kaliati pledge her personal continued support to the community saying it is fundamental that persons with albinism enjoy their rights like everybody else.


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