Mzuzu-(MaraviPost)—Association of female doctors in the country on Monday held nationwide demonstrations against gender based violence, demanding government to put an immediate end to the vice.
Speaking after the demos in Mzuzu, one of the female medical practitioners, Dr Martha Chipanda, said issues of gender based violence in forms of rape, defilement and others have lately been on the rise and so there is need for government to take up responsibility of quickly bringing the plight to an end.
“In the petition we have delivered today, we have called on the President, different ministries and even leaders of different organisations and entities to play their roles. We know that these social violence will not end in three months, but we want to see a difference. It’s a crisis and emergency because things are moving faster,” said she.
Meanwhile, rights activists, Lingalireni Mihowa and Beatrice Pateyo, have asked all relevant stakeholders and government to join hands to curb the malpractice saying, most women and girls are losing their modesty and decency to the perpetrators of rape and defilement.
A couple of weeks ago, the Association of Women in Media (AWOME) and Girl Guide Association held similar demonstrations in which they demanded government to stiffen laws so that rapists and defilers face heaviest penalties.