LILONGWE (Malawi News Agency) – Minister of Gender and Community Development, Patricia Kaliati has warned that honeymoon is over for unscrupulous people who take to social media to launch attacks on women and girls.
Speaking on Wednesday during a plenary dialogue meeting marking the end of Women’s Month, in Lilongwe, she noted that cases of women and girls having their nudities posted on social media by their jilted lovers are becoming rampant.
Kaliati said, in response, her Ministry has trained Police officers in computer and Internet skills to enhance the law enforcers’ capacity in tracking people who use social media to commit such abuses and crimes.
She observed that some women and girls are shunning from using social media, and in some instances deactivating their social media accounts or changing their contact phone numbers after being subjected to cyber-attacks and bullying.
“Women and girls have a right to access social media platforms without fear of getting bullied,”the Minister said.
Kaliati noted that there are numerous ill-minded men using fake social media accounts, created with an aim of tarnishing and destroying characters of their ex-lovers.
She commended organisations, including Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) for naming and shaming perpetrators of sexual abuse in workplaces and urged it to further probe education institutions where women and girls are allegedly exploited sexually in exchange for better grades.
Madam, Mary Chilima said various stakeholders have to play a role in putting a stop to all forms of gender based violence suffered by women and girls at household level, in work places and education institutions.
The event, which was co-hosted by Plan International Malawi and For Equality, was part of a series of events to mark the end of March which is commemorated as Women’s month.