The visiting Pan African Parliament (PAP) delegation this afternoon held a meeting with the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Malawi Members of PAP.
During the meeting, the Acting President for the Pan African Parliament delegation, Honourable Bouras Djamel said one of the key areas that PAP would like the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to act on is women and children’s rights.
The Acting President said COVID-19 has brought a lot of social problems making women and children even more vulnerable.
Reacting to the Pan African Parliament concern, Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Honourable Titus Mvalo said Malawi already has laws in place, which protect the rights of women and children, including the Domestic Violence Act, Gender Equality Act and the Penal Code.
“Perhaps where we need to act more is on interpretation, sometimes when we take matters to court, we get sentences that are lenient. So we will be working with the courts to ensure that the sentences are given in a manner that is acceptable,” said the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
Other issues that were discussed during the meeting include Continental Free Trade Area and the Malabo Protocol which seeks to create an African Court of Justice and Human Rights which Malawi is yet to ratify.
The Delegation is expected to pay a courtesy call on the Speaker of the Malawi Parliament, Right Honourable Catherine Gotani Hara, MP on Tuesday, 10th November, 2020.