“An educated Malawian girl has high earning potential, enjoys good health, she is less likely to marry as a teenager, has fewer children, less likely to be a victim of gender based violence, more likely to educate her children and be productive to the community and the country at large.”

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Tuesday, 14 April 2015 09:51

Women Keeping Watch on Gender-Based Violence

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She was unable to go to school, too weak to prepare food for herself as well as looking after her very personal hygiene. Despite her critical condition, she was prevented from accessing medical attention because her father simply locked her up. For no apparent reasons, it appeared she was left to die alone in the dim house. This is the story of 13-year-old Chisomo (not real name) from Nankumba in the area of Traditional Authority Somba, Blantyre. on the verge of death due to parental neglect.Among other responsibilities, Section 3 (b) of the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act (2010),…
Wednesday, 07 January 2015 08:34

NEW LEASE OF LIFE FOR CHRISTINA....FROM DESPAIR TO HOPE

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It is morning and raining heavily in Saenda –one of Malawi’s remote and impoverished villages situated in the area of Chitera in the Southern district of Chiradzulu. But 14-year-old Christina Asima is not shaken as she is concentrating on the on-going lesson at Nkhande Community Day Secondary School (CDSS), some miles away from her home. She neither worries about the safety of her belongings nor security of her house and her two year-old son, who is left at home with his granny. Thanks to Kids Rights through Girls Empowerment Network (GENET)’s construction of a good quality house for her, Christina…
Teenage girls in southern Malawi reject ‘sexual cleansing’Local organizations are helping girls speak out so communities can abandon child marriage and other harmful practices Memory Banda beat the odds. In Malawi, five out of every 10 girls marry before the age of 18. Her sister married aged 11, but Banda vowed to finish school. When girls in her village were subjected to sexual initiation, Banda organized literacy classes to teach them how to read. Growing up in rural Malawi as the eldest of six siblings, Banda remembers hearing about kusasa fumbi, the traditional practice of sexual cleansing common in southern…
Friday, 12 September 2014 11:11

Malawi challenged to adopt ‘Girl Declaration’

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As one of the African countries, which has staggering records of adolescent girls’ human rights neglect, Malawi needs to adopt the ‘Girl Declaration’ that seeks to put a girl-child at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. With only three of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MGDs) being achieved prior to the final deadline of 2015 progress, fresh thinking is needed on a post-2015 development agenda. One of the effective ways to go about it is by embracing the ‘Girl Declaration’. "We feel that it is time for Malawi to walk the talk on the many promises made to promote…
Girls Empowerment Network (GENET), MoVe! A Young Women’s Movement for Justice and Development in partnership with the Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA) invites applications to National Feminist Leadership course scheduled to take place from the 3rd to the 12th of November,2014. The aim of this course is to enhance the leadership capacities of young women and enable them to apply feminist thinking frameworks in developing, and influencing strategies, policies and programmes that promote gender equality at personal, community, national and regional levels. Modules covered in the course include the following: Feminist Theory and History (with emphasis on African…