By Franco Mwachande Jnr
In an effort to promote all-inclusiveness, Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) has on Monday conducted a capacity building talk to over 615 socially excluded girls and young women, and successfully linked them to 26 existing girls’ clubs in Nkhata-Bay district.
The organisation is implementing the project through the More Than Brides Alliance (MTBA) which is supported by Simavi, a Dutch Non Governmental Organization and among others this has been done in  Traditional Authority Mankhambira, Fukamapiri and Fukamaraza.
Speaking at Group Village Head Kankhongwe in the area of Traditional Authority Mankhambira, Genet Project officer Juliet Msosa said many adolescent girls and young women in the area remain socially excluded from community activities such as promotion of Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR), Child Marriage education and economic empowerment.
Msosa said as a result, their lives are exposed to danger such as unnecessary school drop-outs, unplanned pregnancies and child marriages. She said: “It is against background that Genet targeted this group of girls and young women to equip them with information and skills on SRHR to reduce cases of child marriages and unplanned pregnancies.
“Our aim is to equip them on access to SRH commodities and access to HIV prevention, care and support, but also explore the social context as a way of understanding broader attitudes affecting the targeted them,” he said.
As organisation, we believe that young people are very important to the development of Malawi and lack information remains a public problem meaning very little is known about SRHR HIV and AIDS, GBV  with its related risks and burdens within different population groups,” she added.
The 615 girls included orphans, girls from the child-headed households, girls with disabilities/albinism, girls from single parent families, survivors of GBV, rape, divorced children and girls living with HIV/AIDS. “We targeted these girls in order to equip them with necessary knowledge and skills about SRHR information and services that meet their lifestyle and needs. Their linking to the existing girls’ clubs will ensure their continued benefits as far as youthful activities such as easy access to Youth Friendly Health Services are concerned.
As such we are keen to making and created a Malawi with girls and young women who are health, energetic and productive to create to all sectors of the development.”said Msosa.
Commenting on the matter, one of the participants for the talk, Tamandani Phiri, thanked the organisation for the project saying it has come at the right time when many girls in the area are engaging in early pregnancies due to having unprotected sex, a thing she said can ruin their future.
On picture, Genet officials with girls and young women

Michael Tembo

My Name is Michael Tembo, from Dowa District, Mkulula Chisomba Village, born on the 23 October 1994. I'm Christian, a member of the Malawi Assemblies of God. I grew up in Lilongwe where I went to school, in 2015 I completed my Malawi School Certificate of Education at which point I was selected for various Universities. As a proud of Malawi I am passionate about leaning and growing businesses to support Malawi in becoming a great Nation. I'm currently the Regional Supervisor for, a news website for young Malawi' people.


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