MP CHALLANGES MINISTER TO DO MORE ON CURBING TEEN MARRIAGES

 MP CHALLANGES MINISTER TO DO MORE ON  CURBING TEEN MARRIAGES

By Aamon Butao

Member of Parliament for Mwanza West Joyce Chitsulo says Malawi is failing in its war against child marriages and teen pregnancies despite several interventions.

Citing Mwanza district, which over the Covid-19 period has witnessed more than a 380 child marriages and over 540 teen pregnancies, Chitsulo challenged the responsible Ministry to pull its act together.

"There is little progress on the ground even though government and other players have engaged in efforts to stem the challenges," said Chitsulo.

In her response, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati asked Members of Parliament to set by-laws in respective areas to end child marriages and teen pregnancies.

Kaliati also asked Chitsulo and other legislators to act as role models for girls.

Kaliati said, "Government has introduced numerous programs to end the malpractices including cash transfer scheme."

She said there has been progress as more than 8 thousand child marriages have been dissolved.

The minister pinned the blame for increase in teenage pregnancies and child marriages on illiteracy and poverty.

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