“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.”

Support An Adolescent Girl Today

Support with:

  • $20 to purchase 2 sets of re-usable sanitary pads to keep one adolescent girl in school for the whole year. Most girls stay out of classroom during their monthly periods because they cannot afford and sustain disposable sanitary pads and therefore cannot take care of themselves.
  • $50 to pay for education materials (school bag, uniform, notebook and pens) for a poor adolescent girl or a survivor of child marriage for a year and change her destiny forever.
  • $100 to pay for family planning lesson for 40 adolescent girls to prevent unplanned pregnancies and reduce school dropout due to early pregnancy and early marriage.
  • $50 to pay for 1 mentoring session for 40 girls.
  • $100 to pay for HIV/AIDS prevention life skills session for 40 girls and reduce their vulnerability to HIV transmission. Girls between 10-19 years are six times more vulnerable to HIV infections than boys in the same age category.
  • $100 to purchase for nutrition supplement to HIV positive children and adolescent girls.
  • $1000 to run an advocacy campaign to end child marriage in one rura

Bank transfer

We are happy to receive donations directly to GENET bank account


Bank account details

Beneficiary: Girls Empowerment Network
Account number: 0200607113
Bank name: First Merchant Bank LTD, Blantyre, Malawi.
Swift code: FMERMWMW
USD A/C NO: 36154853
Correspondence bank:
CITIBANK N.A., New York,
111 Wall Street,
ABA Routing Number:0211000089


Our People

Board of Directors

GENET is managed by a Board of Directors where members contribute a variety of skills and experiences to the organization. They are responsible for providing policy directions and advices for the organization.

The board members consist of the following;

    Mandala Mambulasa
    Takondwa Kaliwo
    Emma Kalea (social worker)
    Charles Banda
    Dalitsolanga Sokosa
    Memory Banda (representative of adolescents’ advisory board)

Staff Members

As members of local community themselves, GENET is deeply committed and dedicated to its mission. The team has a wealth of expertise in development work and empowerment of marginalized girls and women, as well as in understanding of the local culture and context in which they work, enabling the foundation to be relevant and responsive to community needs. Working from district bases, the team utilizes resources, networks and direct contact with beneficiaries to identify needs as well as to develop activities. Such activities are aimed to support girls and community members to identify and create their own sustainable solutions.

Faith Phiri, Executive Director


Yamikani Banda, Project Coordinator               Mercy Mituka, Project Coordinator           Tamara Mhango, Project Coordinator

Lindiwe Jere, Project Coordinator                    Howard Mlozi, Project Coordinator                        Oyamba Jim, Project Officer    


Kissa Mphongolo, Project Officer                       Naomi Nkhonjera, Project Officer                   Suzen Chowe, Project Officer


                    Fanny Magombo, Accountant                              Beatrice Khomo, Administrative Assistant



Get Involved

1. Volunteer

GENET Malawi appreciates the support of volunteers ; You can volunteer at GENET in various ways including but not limited to;

  1. Fundraising activities in your own community to support GENET projects with disadvantaged young girls and adolescent girls in Malawi.
  2. Spreading the word through social media platforms about what GENET is doing and what needs have yet to be addressed.
  3. Volunteering in the field with our current programmes, depending on your specific skills and interest.
  4. You can become a mentor or associate member of GENET girls networks and providing mentorship and coaching girls in the education program.
  5. If you are interested in volunteering with GENET please email CV and areas of interest to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

2. Partnerships

GENET Malawi values partnership opportunities with

  1. Companies and corporations
  2. None-profit organizations and development agencies.
  3. Schools, universities, academic and professional associations.

3. In-kind

If you would like to provide in-kind support (e.g clothing, dolls, school supplies, foodstuff etc) please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

4. Make a Donation

Its marvellous how much difference you can make in girls’ lives with a small amount of money. Donate now and help us implement life-changing activities in Malawi!

For more information on how to make a donation click here

How Your Money Can Help

Provide learning materials and education support for fees for a girl who would otherwise be forced out of school.

Support Campaign against harmful traditional practices such as child marriage and protect adolescent girls from forced and early marriages which put their lives at risk. Over 50% of girls are married or become pregnant before 18 years in Malawi.

Enable girls to attend sexual reproductive health and HIV/Aids peer training and prevent girls from contracting HIV/Aids. Most girls are not knowledgeable of HIV/Aids and cannot negotiate for safer sex.


Make a Donation

Donate now and help us implement life-changing activities in Malawi! Please consider donating to support GENET Malawi projects in one of the following ways;

1. Bank transfer

We are happy to receive donations by wire transfer.

For local donations, please use the following bank account details:

Bank name: First Merchant Bank LTD, Blantyre, Malawi.
Girls Empowerment Network
Account number: 36154853
Swift code: FMERMWMW
USD A/C NO: 36154853

For donations outside of Malawi, please use the following correspondent account details:

Bank name: CITIBANK N.A., New York, 111 Wall Street
Account number (of local Malawian account): 36154853
ABA Routing Number: 021000089


2. Cheque

Please make your cheque payable to Girls Empowerment Network and send to our mailing address:

Kasungu Crescent Road, Opp Chichiri Museums. MPC, Block F.
Box 2875, Blantyre, Malawi.


If you are in Malawi, you can bring a cash donation directly to our address:

Kasungu Crescent Road, Opp Chichiri Museums. MPC, Block F.
Box 2875, Blantyre, Malawi.

Where We Work


Total area: 118,484
Total Population: 14, 901,000
GNI per capita (us$): 330
Population below poverty line: 53%
Life expectancy: 54
Literacy rate (women): 73
Fertility rate: 5.34
Unmet need for family planning: 27.6%
HIV prevalence: 11%
People living with HIV/AIDS: 920,000
Prevention among girls (15-24 years) % who have comprehensive knowledge of HIV: 42
Orphan and vulnerable children: 600,000
Maternal mortality rate: 460 deaths/100,000 live birth
Primary completion rate (girls): 41%
Child marriage (by 15 years): 9%
Child marriage (by 18): 50%

Malawi Country Profile


Malawi is a landlocked country situated in Southern Africa bordering Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. It is well known with its beautiful Lake Malawi also known as Lake of Stars. The country is divided into 3 administrative division (Southern, Central and Northern region. Lilongwe is a capital City. Malawi has agro-based economy and relies on Tobacco as the main export earner. The majority (90%) of the population live in the rural area and are subsistent farmers. Chichewa is a national language while English is an official language.




Situation of adolescent girls


Every year, thousands of adolescent girls in Malawi are robbed of their childhood, cheated of their right to education, exposed to life threatening health risks and set on a road to a life of servitude and poverty through early and forced marriages. Those marriages lead to early pregnancy since the expectation is for a married woman to be pregnant within a year after marriage. Early sexual debut (within or outside marriage) is a known contributing factor to a lot to problems in adolescent reproductive health. Adolescent girls especially from rural areas suffer from sexually related violence at a younger age and this puts their lives at risk, unfortunately this practices is done and justified as a custom, cultural norm or tradition practice and become part of life for many girls.

Over 50% of girls become pregnant before reaching 18 years. Most rural girls find it challenging to attend antenatal clinic because most health centres environment are not conducive and youth friendly especially for adolescent girls who become pregnant outside the wedlock (unwanted or unplanned pregnancy). Since adolescent girls do not have sufficient information about pregnancies they end up opting for unsafe abortions which may lead to maternal complications and even maternal death. Some prefer to conceal their pregnancy ending up giving birth by themselves leading to multiple maternal complications and even death. HIV/Aids is a big challenge.

Traditionally girls are expected to be less knowledgeable about their sexuality and to have limited control of their body and sexual life, this includes when and who to marry, when to have sex, number of children, whether to use or not use a condom etc. At a community level, girls receive information about their sexuality during initiation ceremonies. That information is not only usually incorrect, it is also carrying messages on womanhood, marriage and the role of women that are patriarchal, sexist and aiming at preparing girls for a life of subordination and servitude. Wife hijacking (kusomphoredwa), wife sale (kupimbira), gift wife (mbirigha) are some of the tradition practices secretly practiced in the area. Girls are also raped or defiled by their grannies and cousins because traditionally a grandfather will call his granddaughter his “wife” and this has given room for perpetrators to sexually violate girls.


Summary of Human rights situation for Malawian adolescent girls


Right to Education

There is underrepresentation of girls in schools leading to low education attainment for girls. School dropout is very high among adolescent girls. This is attributed to economic as well as social attitudes that tend to undervalue girls’ education as in most cases marriage is perceived to be the ultimate goal for girls.


Reproductive rights

Adolescent girls also face a lot of challenges in the area of reproductive rights manifested through high incidences of sexually transmitted diseases including HIV and AIDS. Incidence of HIV occurs at a younger age in females than males and yet often the girl’s interaction with reproductive health services is impeded due to socio-cultural and economic factors.


Early pregnancy

Early pregnancy is another big challenge facing adolescent girls. Girls as young as 11-12 years are having babies. Most adolescent girls are not empowered to make sexual decisions about their lives. Access to friendly SRH including contraception is very limited to this group.


Child marriage.

Child marriage is huge problem facing adolescent girls here. It is a hidden crisis: This is because the victims are overwhelming young, poor and female. Their voices are hardly ever heard by the society and government.

In our country, we have seen cases where girls as young as 11-13 years getting married. Early marriages jeopardize the education of girls and turns millions of girls into second class citizen locking them and their children into the cycle of poverty.

Generally, Issues of adolescent girls do not appear to be on the priority list on national agendas.


Right to be treated as children

Our laws define a child as persons below 16 years. This is a departure from the international standard and therefore leaves out a large section of girls without protection.


Harmful cultural practices

Girls face greater pressure to adhere to traditional practices and customs including early marriages. Adolescent girls are victims of harmful cultural practices, such as kusasafumbi (sexual cleansing), kupimbira (wife pledging/sale), bulangete la mfumu, fisi, Hlazi etc. In all these traditions and practices girls are subjected to sexual violence and abuse.

Media reports are full with incidences of defilement or rape of girls. This is just the tip of the iceberg as there are thousands and thousands of adolescent girls and young girls being raped and defiled and yet they remain silent.

Recently, there was a court case where a 50 years old man defiled 10 years old girl. It is disheartening that the man was acquitted of the case on basis that the girl did not feel pain during the act. So, you can imagine the extent of injustice adolescent girls and young girls face in our country. Child trafficking and child labour.

The other challenge facing adolescent girls and young girls is the issue of child trafficking and child labour. While girls are usually trafficked for child labour in the form of domestic workers some girls have been trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation within and outside of Malawi. Yet there is no law on human trafficking to protect adolescent girls from this inhuman act.


Right to food.

Adolescent girls and young girls are poorly nourished. In most households they are given leftovers.