The Mozambican Minister for Gender, Child and Social Action, Cidália Chaúque says more than 20,000 cases of domestic violence against women and girls were registered from 2013 to 2015.
The minister told a media briefing in the capital, Maputo on Thursday that physical violence, psychological abuse, rape, sexual harassment are the most prevalent types in the country, something that greatly worries Mozambican society as a whole.
"Our country has very high rates of domestic violence, taking into account the evaluation done. We need to work in all sectors to eradicate violence at the national level" the minister said.
Chaque explained that her institution is working in coordination with civil society and cooperation partners to eliminate domestic violence against women and girls in Mozambique.
She seized the opportunity to urge all Mozambicans to campaign for sensitization, conversation and moments of friendship rather than embarking on violence against women and girls.
"We have seen very embarrassing cases of sexual violence against children in the country. Therefore, we want to mobilize society to realize that it is important to avoid acts of violence" she said.
For her part, the United Nations Resident coordinator in Mozambique, Márcia de Castro, said that the global theme of this year aims to mobilize funds and partnerships to eliminate violence against women and girls.
De Castro also said that the most worrying thing is that acts of domestic violence against women and girls contribute to greater gender inequality and discrimination and serious violations of human rights.
For the United Nations coordinator, domestic violence also has profoundly negative consequences not only for victims but also for their families, communities and society in general.