Plan International Malawi Country Director Daniel Muchena
By Harold Kapindu
Stakeholders have appealed for holistic implementation of girl child programs if better results are to be achieved.
Speaking during a panel discussion on ending child marriage in Lilongwe, one of the panelist UNFPA Representative in Malawi, Young W Hong emphasized on the need to invest on girls and use innovation to ensure that girls explore opportunities around them.
Hong further appealed for the need to strengthen partnerships to empower adolescent girls and end child marriage, saying UNFPA is ready as the agency moves into new programme in 2019.
In his remarks, Member of Parliament for Dowa East Richard Chimwendo Banda said stakeholders must make sure that communities are aware of available legislation that protect girls and women.
The panel discussion came at a time when Malawi joined the rest of the world in celebrating International Day of the Girl Child on 11 October.
Prior to the day, Plan International Malawi launched Girls Get Equal Campaign aimed at ending child marriages and giving the girl child a voice to speak out on issues affecting them.
Speaking during the launch, Plan International Malawi Country Director Daniel Muchena said the campaign is aimed at ensuring that girls and young women have the power to raise their voice and begin to demand their space and speak about issues affecting their lives.
"As Plan International Malawi, Girls Get Equal campaign is targeting about three million and two hundred thousand girls," he disclosed.
Muchena was further confident that working in partnership with other stakeholders, the campaign will leave no girl behind.
The Country Director was quick to point out that Girls Get Equal campaign has picked up from where Because I Am A Girl – BIAG project left.
BIAG project which ended earlier this year was aimed at ending child marriages and encouraging the girl child to go back to school.
The Plan International Malawi's Girls Get Equal Campaign attracted different stakeholders including civil society organizations, government, the general public as well as the girl child and women.
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