“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.”

Monday, 04 February 2013 06:59

Influencing Change: a task taken by GENET in Malawi

Written by  Howard Mlozi
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Realizing that eradication of violence against women and girls is key to achieving a significant trans-formation and building a society based values of human dignity. Girls Empowerment Net-work (GENET) Malawi, with financial support from Open Society Initiative of Southern Africa (OSISA), implemented an advocacy campaign aimed at abolishing harmful cultural practices that subject marginalized girls and women to sexual, emotional and physical abuse and violence.

According to one of GENET’s coordinators Naomi Phiri, The convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (CEDAW) recognizes that Violence against women/girls hinders their ability to enjoy rights and freedoms just like their male counter-parts.

For this reason, over 300 girls and young women, 42 community leaders and 20,000 community members in Chiradzulu and Blantyre districts were targeted by different campaigns plus outreach activities under a project called Protecting young women’s rights.

“Girls Empowerment Network recognizes the importance of girls’ and women’s voices in society hence raising their profiles through a process of building their capacities and skills of at grassroots levels,” said Phiri.

The critical component of the project included action research, freedom parades, community leaders dialogues, national policy dialogue and debate, young women empowerment forums etc.

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