One in every 5 girls in Malawi is sexually abused, says a recent study by the Malawi government
The study done by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare and supported by UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), also found out that two out of three children in Malawi experience violence in childhood.
Children, who constitute the majority of Malawi’s population, the study says also face physical violence growing up.
According to the study one in every 5 girls face emotional violence and one in every 3 boys experience the same.
“This is a sad story for the Malawian girl and we want to change that from now on,” said Patricia Kaliati Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare.
This study was recently launched by the Special Representative of the Secretary General on Violence Against Children, and marks the beginning of the #ENDviolence campaign in Malawi, which seeks to create a social movement to break the silence around violence and make the invisible visible.