“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 07:08

Strengthening capacity of young women

Written by  Howard Mlozi
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participant addresses the group during one of the workshops participant addresses the group during one of the workshops Image from GENET archives

Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) Malawi engaged about 40 young women and girls into a direct training in Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) content, Reproductive Health and Rights, advocacy and leadership skills.

The girls and young women who have received the training are now engaging in community outreach activities, reaching out other girls on Sexual Gender Based violence, women’s rights as human rights and empowerment.

GENET’s Coordinator Mercy Mituka said girls were trained in order for them to realize the negative effects of harmful practices such as early marriage, sexual cleansing etc and valorise their body.

The workshops were implemented in a form of training of trainers to maximize outreach programmes. “Through these training, 28 new girls’ networks with a total membership of over 600 have been established. This is a very positive news because we are reaching more girls,” said Mituka.

She said participating girls have demonstrated an improvement in knowledge and skills on young women’s rights, gender and outreach skills. This has resulted in girls actively participating as activist for gender and girls’ rights in their communities. Through collaborated effort, the girls’ networks have Managed to rescue several girls from forced marriages.

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