Fathers a Threat to Daughters in Nkhotakota
NKHOTAKOTA: Women of the central district of Nkhotakota in Malawi have expressed concern over an increase in rape cases of daughters or step daughters by their fathers.
Mrs. Amina Kaphala, a women representative said this during the commemoration of International Women’s Day which was organized by Concern World Wide in Chunga village in the area of Traditional Authority Malengachanzi in the district.
According to the women, Kasamba is one of the areas in the district where rape and defilement cases by step fathers continue to be on the increase.
The women also expressed concern over an increase in school dropout rate among girls aged between 9 and 21, a development they attributed to forced early marriages and parent involvement in pre arranged marriages by parents for the girl child.
A group of women based at Chunga Village then sought advice and help from authorities on dealing with the malpractice.
The women also presented other grievances to authorities on the challenges they are currently facing such as being denied access to follow family planning methods.
The women also complained that their husbands forbid them to cook if he is not there, property grabbing by family members after the demise of the husband and lack of men involvement in seeking medical care for their children when sick.
Speaking in an interview with Zodiak Online, Concern World Wide Health and Nutrition Manager, Mr. Austin Mtali, said his organization is aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and enhance women economic empowerment and access to equal representation in various committees in their localities.
Concern World Wide started its operations in Nkhotakota in 2004 in areas of Health and Nutrition, Behavior change and Women empowerment among others.—Zodiak Online
|< Prev||Next >|