LILONGWE, 3 November 2020 – Female media and communications professionals in Malawi have staged protests decrying rampant incidents of rape.
In two peaceful protests in the capital, Lilongwe, and the southern city of Mzuzu, members of the Association of Women in Media (Awome) rang alarm bells about growing incidents of rape targeting young children.
Awome members handed a petition to Lilongwe Mayor Juliana Gondwe Kaduya in which they narrated heart-breaking rape accounts from women and girls.
“We want stiffer sentences, up to life as prescribed in the penal code,” Awome said in its petition.
The petition also denounced those who shield sex offenders, calling on courts of law to proactively prosecute any such individuals.
More than 400 cases of sexual violence were reported to the police in Malawi between April and June 2020.