World Vision making strides in Mchinji
World Vision making strides in Mchinji
By Our Reporter
Village Headman Chiuzu in the area of Traditional Authority Mavwere in Mchinji is in cooler on sexual allegations with a 9 year old miner all courtesy of sensitization meetings taking place in the area by World Vision Malawi.
This was revealed on Tuesday during World Vision awareness meeting in the area against early marriages.
Speaking to the media T/A Mavwere said he is committed to ensure that more girls succeed in their education.
He said that is why he ordered the thorough investigation of his own chief after reports indicated that his chief was found abusing the minor.He said child marriage will not be entertained.
Commissioner of Police Merlyine Yolamu represented office of Inspector General of Police.In her speech Yolamu encouraged girls to work hard in classes and say no to sexual abuse.
She said there is need to join hands as Police and everyone to protect the young girls.
She said only educated people can be able to make business plans.”Had it been I got married off early I could not have been here,” she said.
World Vision National Director Hazel Nyathi said World Vision believe that the genesis of developing any country falls under jurisdiction of education.She said leaders cannot be talking of development while young girls who are pillars of development are being married off.
She then appealed to parents and other stake holders to promote girls education.
She said, child marriage is one of the challenges that the World is currently confronting adding that the challenge is more severe in most African countries where violations of the rights of women and girls are deeply rooted and hidden in cultural practices.
Nyathi said the vice is not only violating children’s fundamental rights but it acts as one of the major barriers to girls’ realizing their full potential, their dreams and ability to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
UNICEF, reports indicate that 42% of girls are married off while young and then another 32.5% encounter sexual violence.”These numbers are scary.That is why, in a bid to contribute to the ongoing child protection efforts, World Vision Malawi is contributing to the organization’s global campaign, It Takes the world to end child marriages.In 2017, we launched the campaign on ending Violence against Children and its main theme is It Takes Malawi to End Child Marriages.” She said.The overall aim of the Campaign is to ensure that there are no marriages for children under the age of 18; to catalyze a national movement of people committed to keeping children safe from harm.”Our desire with this campaign is to positively impact our children by achieving a 20% reduction in cases of child marriage in Malawi by 2021, making a significant contribution towards ending violence against children as a contribution towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.” She said.Some of our key achievements with this campaign in Mchinji have been the development of by laws against child marriages at TA level in 2017 which were adopted at district level in 2018.”As a district, we have successfully ended 129 child marriages, and 64 girls returned to school. Specifically for TA Mavwere, we have successfully ended 39 child marriages and 24 girls returned to school. Also, with support from the organisation, Mchinji children actively participated in the amendment of the Marriage Act in 2017.” She said.Nyathi said as much as they are making progress, they have some challenges that need to hold hands to eliminate saying there is an accumulation of judicial cases in our system as a country and that most parents are reluctant to support their girls back to school because they feel they are already grown up.She said there is inadequate pool of resources to sustain girls’ support once they return to school.