“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, 12 March 2013 09:30

Canada gives a Malawian girl-child voice

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There is hope that lawmakers in Malawi will be debating real issues that affect girls following the introduction of advocacy publication, which covers girls’ voice, by Girls Empowerment Network (GENET Malawi). The advocacy project dubbed “Too young to marry, I will marry when I want” has been implemented with financial support from Canadian High Commission fund for rural initiatives. The project has already received overwhelming response from girls and promises great impact, according to GENET Malawi. “The project is aimed at bringing the voices and concerns of adolescent girls on issues affecting their lives to decision making tables. In this…
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…
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:42

Influencing Change: a task taken by GENET in Malawi

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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…
Tuesday, 05 February 2013 14:42

Strengthening capacity of young women

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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…
Monday, 04 February 2013 07:39

Fighting child marriage through bylaws

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Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) is a Malawian NGO that strives to create a world where em-powered girls and young women are free to exercise their rights and live peacefully in a just, humane and equitable society. Within its mission-to promote and advocate for social and emotional well being of vulnerable and marginalized adolescent girls, teen mother and young women and to influence positive change in the areas of gender, human rights, HIV/Aids and education. An ambitious project aimed at courting community leaders to formulate bylaws geared at gunning down early marriage, was championed in Chiradzulu, one of the districts of…