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Fast facts: ØCourt orders Chief to pay fine of K5, 000 (about U$$15) per month. ØGENET-Malawi decries judgement ØGirl says the Chief promised to marry her Chiradzulu district’s Mbulumbudzi Magistrate’s Court recently ordered Wisdom John, the stand-in Group Village Headman (GVH) Chitera from the area of Senior Chief Chitera in the district to pay fine for impregnating a standard 7 girl. According to the court order, the Chief will be paying a meagre K5, 000 (about U$$15) every month for the pregnancy maintenance of the teenager. Girls Empowerment Network (GENET-Malawi), which works in the areas of advancing the rights, social…
In its quest to eradicating the crisis of Child Marriage in the country, a local Non-Governmental Organization which works to advance the rights of girls and young women Girls Empowerment Network (GENET-Malawi) has rescued six girls from early marriage in the area on Traditional Authority (T/A) Chitera in Chiradzulu district. This was revealed at the NGO’s meeting with the six survivors of child marriage in T/A Chitera, recently, which was aimed at drilling them. “We are pleased to report that we had a successful meeting with a total of six survivors of Child Marriage from different villages within T/A Chitera.…
In a bid to complement Malawi government’s efforts to improving socio-economic status of youths through increased income, Girls Empowerment Network (GENET-Malawi) has initiated an innovative project of making Sustainable Sanitary Pads (SSPs) using imported water-proof resources. The tailoring-based one year project targets girls and young women living in urban slums of Blantyre. The project is expected to benefit over 100 vulnerable girls through its transferrable skills aimed at improving sustainable livelihoods in order to reduce their vulnerability to abuse and violence. The project has seen a cohort of seven, completing their three-month long training of making sanitary pads at GENET-Malawi…
SIMPLY having access to sanitary pads, the school attendance of so many Adolescent girls is improving in rural areas of Malawi. The ‘Keeping Girls in School 100%’ (KGS) project launched by Girls Empowerment Network (Genet-Malawi) has inspired many girls including a 14-year old Bertha Navaya from Saluti village in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kapeni in Blantyre to go to school regularly even when she is menstruating. KGS uses both the power of sustainable sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene practices lessons to keep Adolescent girls in school. And the project had been implemented as a result of research which shows soaring absenteeism…
Thursday, 25 July 2013 12:12

Testifying the benefits of free sanitary pads

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SOME people thought it was a small thing when Girls Empowerment Network (GENET-Malawi) embarked on a distribution exercise of free sustainable sanitary pads (SSPs) to vulnerable Adolescent girls in rural primary schools as a way of curbing absenteeism crisis. But the power and purpose of the move was appreciated beyond words during the official launch of its exact project called ‘Keeping Girls in School 100%’ (KGS) at Lunzu Catholic Primary School in Blantyre on May 10, 2013. It is here where girls shared positive stories about the impact of the sustainable sanitary pads in their lives and education. Among the…