“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.”

Child Marriage

Advocacy

In GENET’s persistent battle against child marriage, we are continuing to lobby for the passing of the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Bill by meeting with members of parliament and mobilizing community leaders and members to garner support and spread awareness of the legal framework. We are also distributing our publication, “I Will Marry When I Want”, a compilation of stories from girls who are victims of child marriage and have spoken out against it. We are also in the midst of planning various other campaigning activities to maintain momentum for the movement and to lift the issue onto the national agenda.  18+ is one such campaign focused on working with adolescent girls and their fight for their rights.

Aside from work on the national level, GENET has engaged with local leaders in several districts in creation and implementation of local bylaws that support the healthy development of girls and prevent child marriages. GENET aims to raise awareness and knowledge levels concerning the negative effects of harmful traditional practices.