“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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Championing Policy Dialogue Session On Child Marriages

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In an effort to find ever-lasting solutions to the crisis of Child Marriage in Malawi, Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) in the just ended year summoned lawmakers, stake-holders, traditional leaders and politicians to a lively Policy table in order to challenge them on the new ways to protect a Girl Child in Malawi.

Held on September 5, 2012 at Malawi Broadcasting Corpo-ration’s (MBC, TV section) Kwacha auditorium, the de-bate was held under the theme “How to fight the hidden crisis of cild marriage in Malawi”.

Policy makers such as Juliana Mphande (Second Deputy Speaker of Malawi Parliament), Mandala Mambulasa(Lawyer), Magistrate Esmie Tembenu (Blantyre Child Justice Court), T/A Chitera(Chiradzulu), Young women Activists such as Mphatso Jumbe and other stakeholders including 30 participants from different organizations, at-tended the Policy debate.

Together they explored issues surrounding the hidden crisis of child marriage and pro-posed solutions to it. "Many times children are suffering in our community due to our cultural beliefs and poverty. parents agree to marry off their daughters so that they can be relieved from grievances of poverty.

But in so doing they continue producing infinite poverty from generation to generation." argued Mphatso Jumbe. Communications Adviser of GENET Joyce Mkandawire said young girls in Malawi are area of special concern.

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