Chipata YWCA records 174 GBV cases

From HOPE NYOKA in Chipata
THE Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) recorded 174 cases of gender-based violence (GBV) in Chipata last month.
And YWCA Eastern region co-ordinator Dorothy Ndhlovu says the organisation further recorded seven cases of defilement in the same district in the past two weeks.
Ms Ndhlovu said in an interview and attributed the rise in GBV cases in the district to child desertion as most men abandon their families after accumulating ‘some’ wealth.
“There is a tendency by some men, especially during the farming season, to abandon their families when they make some money from the sale of farm produce. They elope with single women.
“This usually leads to fights in homes and children are the most vulnerable,” she said.
And Chief Chanje of the Chewa people said in a separate interview that GBV cases are reducing in his chiefdom due to sensitisation campaigns by the YWCA and other non-government organisations on the dangers of the vice.
And Ms Ndhlovu said the minors defiled in the past two weeks in the district are aged between 13 to15.
She said two grade nine school girls eloped, while two others were forced into marriage. She said three cases were reported by parents of the victims.
“Since we did not prosecute defilement cases, we referred the cases to the police Victim Support Unit, One stop centre and the Human Rights Commission,” she said.
Ms Ndhlovu said defilement cases are on the rise in the district adding that there is need for concerted efforts from parents, law enforcement agencies and the community to curb the vice.

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