ABOUT TIMVENI

CHILD & YOUTH MEDIA ORGANIZATION

BACKGROUND

Timveni is a registered Child and Youth Media Organization registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act (1962) that enables the voices of children and youths in Malawi to be heard by decision makers through the media.In 2011, Timveni was launched as a Child and Youth Media Organization to act as a platform where children and youths can express their views, sharpen their talents and expose their skills at a time when the mainstream platforms were dominated by adult-focused content that bypassed the views of children and youth. Over a period of time, Timveni has developed and evolved into a fully-fledged media house equipped with the staff and technology to develop and produce powerful media for commercial and non-profit organizations. Timveni stands to create crucial awareness, through TV and Radio, of the need for children and youth to participate in various development sectors by engaging different stakeholders.

Timveni Child and Youth Media Organisation uses radio and television to give a voice to Malawi's young people, especially girls, on children's rights. The organization exists to help young people in Malawi make a difference in their own lives, create awareness about children’s rights, and build the capacity of children and young people.

 

The organization was awarded a TV license by Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA) in July 2012. Timveni Television Station started broadcasting programs on 1st June, 2014; this is the first TV station that is focusing on promoting human rights in general and children and youth rights in particular. And in June 2015, started operating a radio covering the districts of Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

The organization generally focusses its work on issues affecting young people and children particularly girls. In the current strategic framework, Timveni is focusing on child marriage. Through its radio and Tv programs, Timveni is providing a platform for children and young people to engage duty bearers to intervene on the underlying causes of child marriage.

 

- Timveni Research -
ROOT CAUSES OF CHILD MARRIAGES

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Poverty

Research has shown that child marriage is most common in the world’s poorest countries and is often concentrated among the poorest households within those countries. It is closely linked with poverty and low levels of economic development. In families with limited resources, child marriage is often seen as a way to provide their daughters future. Girls who marry young especially because of poverty are more likely to be poor and remain poor.

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Poor Access To Sexual Reproductive health Rights & Information

Child marriage is primarily driven by inequitable gender norms which deprive girls and young women of their sexual and reproductive rights and, limit their life choices. Teenage pregnancy acts as a driver of child marriage in contexts where pre-marital talk and sexual reproductive health information is a taboo. Child marriage is also a significant contributor to poor sexual and reproductive health outcomes for adolescent girls.

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Poor Access To Comprehensive Sexuality Education

Child marriage often leads to girls dropping out of school, which limits their ability to complete their education and also limits their access to information and education about SHHR. There is strong evidence demonstrating positive relationship between increased girls’ education and improved sexual and reproductive health outcomes including higher age of marriage, greater contraceptive use and increased use of health services. Comprehensive sexuality education provides girls and boys with accurate information about sexual reproductive health, enabling them to develop the critical life skill needs to make health, safe choices which reduce the risky sexual behaviours that lead to unintended pregnancy and sexual transmitted infections.

Comprehensive sexuality education by adolescents in many parts of the country is still considered a taboo and is also scarcely discussed at school.

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Timveni therefore provides an alternative platform where Comprehensive sexuality education is discussed.

Timveni in partnership with different organizations including Plan International Malawi has an audience of young people through the many radio listening clubs it has established across the country.

Timveni also boosts of young subject matter specialists in form of radio hosts as well as key government technicians in ASRHA who are always handy to interact with young people both on radio and in their communities.

Using a social enterprise business model, Timveni re-invest all its revenue back into the organization to support its operations and NGO work.