Violence against women in Malawi remains a challenge both in the home and workplace. Over 40 percent of women experience violence in any form, with lifetime physical and sexual intimate partner violence at 38 percent and intimate partner violence at 24 percent.
#ShutItDownMw is a march that has been organized by Jessica Mandanda, Jennifer Lipenga and Rugare Zimunya after seeing the need to collectively address GBV and come up with a unified women’s movement against it. The march seeks to activate the #ShutItDown nationwide women’s movement in March that will march on July 31st against all forms of gender-based violence. As a build up to the march, messages, demands and videos will be circulated on social media to talk about what the women are going to be marching for.
On the 31st July, a petition with several demands from the women will be submitted to the Ministry of Gender, children, disability and social welfare, Office of the president and cabinet, Civil society and the Parliamentary Women’s caucus.