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Population size: 

18,628,747 [1]

Number of people experiencing domestic abuse each year:

24% of women have experienced physical violence in last 12 months, 32% have experienced physical violence in their lifetime and 42% have experienced child marriage.[2]

No research on male victims or other gender identities.

Cost of domestic abuse to the economy each year:

7% of GDP [3]

Estimated % change due to COVID-19:

No research.

Current law and policy:

Malawi commits to adopt and implement comprehensive gender-based violence action plan. Malawi makes a pledge under UN Women's adomestic violenceocacy initiative "COMMIT", which calls on leaders worldwide to make concrete national commitments to end violence against women and girls.

Announced during a 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence event, the Government of Malawi pledged strong leadership role in adopting and implementing a comprehensive Gender-Based Violence Action Plan and greater coordination and inclusion of all sectors and stakeholders, including minorities and vulnerable groups.

Launched by UN Women in November of 2012, COMMIT is a domestic violence initiative calling on leaders worldwide to fulfil their promise and take a stand by making new and concrete national commitments to end violence against women and girls. These range from passing or improving laws, ratifying international conventions, launching public awareness campaigns, providing safe houses or free hotline services and free legal aid to survivors, supporting education programmes that address gender stereotypes and violence, as well as increasing women in law enforcement, peacekeeping forces and frontline services.



[1] The World Bank, (1)

[2] UN Women, “Global Database on Violence Against Women – Malawi”, (



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