UN Women to digitise fight against GBV in Malawi

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The United Nations entity responsible for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women-UN Women is working on developing a mobile and web application to track and report cases of Gender-Based Violence (GBV) in Malawi.

The country continues to register widespread GBV cases, with women and girls usually the victims.

Un Women is currently looking for a firm to set up a mobile and web-based platform on which violence can be tracked and reported.

In a statement, the organisation acknowledges the continued existence of violence towards women and girls, both in public and private spaces, despite the Malawi constitution providing for gender equality.

UN Women cites the 2015-2016 Malawi Demographic and Health Survey-MDHS on domestic violence, which puts the figure of women who have experienced physical violence since age 15 at 34%.

According to the survey, 20% of such women have experienced sexual violence.

The Organisation notes that this has a bearing on the country’s economic growth as the rise in cases of violence towards women and girls lead to failure for business enterprises to grow.

This, according to the UN, is so as the women and girls, who make up a majority of the population, fail to be productive and produce to their full potential.

With the new system, the organisation hopes to improve reporting, and raise awareness on gender-based violence at a national, district and community level.

The platform is expected to facilitate case management and referral system mechanisms with duty bearers and stakeholders.

These stakeholders include Community Child Protection Centres and the Police through Victim Support Units.

The development of this app will support already existing initiatives like the Kuwala platform and Spotlight initiative, whose primary goal is to eliminate the trend.

UN Women is carrying it out in a bid to implement its 2019 Annual Work Plan under Impact Area 3; that All Women and Girls Live Free from All Forms of Violence.

 

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