Gender based violence. Men suffering in silence.
A nkhata bay resident is reported to have been scalded by hot water by his wife for adultery. He is admitted to Nkhatabay District Hospital where medical personnel are trying to save what is left of his manhood.
The growing concern for many men suffering in silence is a concern for both government and church as women continuously are on the chase for mob justice.
Recently a sister slaughtered her brother in the northern parts of Karonga over alleged deceased real estate which the siblings had just inherited.
The United Nations defines violence against men as any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or mental harm or suffering to man or woman, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life.
The current rise in female to male genda based violence is setting a reversal to another form of violence against women which has been a global health problem of epidemic proportions.
Africa’s health systems can and must do more for both men and women who experience violence.”
A report by WHO’s findings on the health impacts of violence by an intimate partner shows that:
Death and injury – Globally, 38% of all women who were murdered were murdered by their intimate partners, and 42% of women who have experienced physical or sexual violence at the hands of a partner had experienced injuries as a result. However on the same subject very little is said about female to male violence.
Depression – Partner violence is a major contributor to women’s mental health problems, with women who have experienced partner violence being almost twice as likely to experience depression compared to women who have not experienced any violence.
Alcohol use problems – Women experiencing intimate partner violence are almost twice as likely as other women to have alcohol-use problems.
Sexually transmitted infections – Women who experience physical and/or sexual partner violence are 1.5 times more likely to acquire syphilis infection, chlamydia, or gonorrhoea. In some regions (including sub-Saharan Africa), they are 1.5 times more likely to acquire HIV.
Unwanted pregnancy and abortion – Both partner violence and non-partner sexual violence are associated with unwanted pregnancy; the report found that women experiencing physical and/or sexual partner violence are twice as likely to have an abortion than women who do not experience this violence.
Low birth-weight babies – Women who experience partner violence have a 16% greater chance of having a low birth-weight baby.
This data shows that violence against women is still extremely common than the opposite. Government and Church communities urgently need to invest in prevention to address the underlying causes of this global humanity’s health problem.