First Lady commits to ending child marriages in Malawi

First Lady Monica Chakwera has said she is committed to working with non-government organisations (NGOs) in eliminating child marriages in the country.

The First Lady of Malawi Madame Monica Chakwera speaks during the International Day of Girl Child Dinner at BICC-pic by Lisa Kadango (1)
First Lady Madame Monica Chakwera (L) and second-lady Mary Chilima
First Lady Madame Monica Chakwera unveils the banner for the Speaker and Deputy Speakers as Ambassadors for Girls Get Equal Education at BICC in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
Madame Mary Chilima presents a gong to Inkosi Ya Makhosi Mbelwa during the International Day of Girl Child Dinner at BICC-pic by Lisa Kadango
Girl guides were present at the International Day of Girl Child Dinner-pic by Lisa Kadango
Mary Chilima poses for a photo after unveiling her plaque as Ambassador for Cyber Bullying and Harassment at BICC in Lilongwe-pic by Lisa Kadango
Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati speaks during the International Day of Girl Child Dinner -pic by Lisa Kadango
First Lady  Monica Chakwera and Madam Mary Chilima captured during the International Day of Girl Child Dinner-pic by Lisa Kadango

Chakwera made the commitment Friday evening  in Lilongwe at a high level dinner Plan International Malawi organised in commemoration of the International Day of the Girl under the theme ‘My voice, our equal future’.

During the event, the First Lady was bestowed with the role of a leading champion for ending child marriages in Malawi.

She said it was saddening to note that women, who are in majority, continue to make a breakthrough in almost all sectors of life.

Chakwera said this is because majority of women do not have adequate education to enable them compete with their male counterparts.

“I have joined the cause [eliminating child marriages] because I have seen that there are less educated women in this country although they are in majority. My personal commitment comes from my personal experience. I will commit to work together with other stakeholders in ensuring that all girls are educated,” she said.

“My mom was not educated but at her level, she made sure we got educated. She worked so hard and supported us all the way. Let’s join forces and promote a girl child to go to school no matter the circumstances,” she said.

The First Lady reiterated that, through her recently foundation, she will lobby other players to construct girls’ hostels across the country.

The wife to Vice President, Mary Chilima, was also decorated for championing the fight cyber bullying against girls and women in Malawi.

Speaker Catherine Gotani Hara and her deputy Aisha Mambo Adams were also crowned ambassadors for Girls Get Equal Education.

Plagues were also presented to Inkosi ya Makhosi M’mbelwa of Mzimba, Senior chiefs Theresa and Bwananyambi for their efforts in ending child marriages.

In her remarks, the Plan International Malawi Country Director, Phoebe Kasoga, assured that her organisation will continue striving to advance children’s rights and equality for girls in its interventions.

Kasoga disclosed that between 2017 and 2022, Plan International intends to reach out to 100 girls with various interventions aimed to promote the welfare of children and girls.

She  they have provided spaces for girls to be engaged using media through their partner Timveni, a child and youth media radio and television program.

“We have worked with the Ministry of Gender to address topical issues of escalating numbers of child marriages and teenage pregnancies.

“We have engaged in different work methodologies and approaches and these include strategic engagement with government, partnerships with local NGOs and networks of girls among other.

“That will help us to attain freedom online by ending bullying and online harassment,” she said.

Commenting on the issue, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati said her ministry will ensure that it dissolves all child marriages.

“Our work is guided by the National Strategic Plan of 2018/2023, where we indicated that we are going to end child marriages.

“As of now, we have dissolved over 4,000 marriages and have identified 40,000 child marriages and 15,000 early pregnancies,” said Kaliati.

She said government is committed and is working hard to make sure that all child marriages identified are dissolved and get the girls back to school.

The Minister called upon parents and guardians to desist from marrying off girls and warned that the law will take its course on those that will be found abusing a girl child.–Additional reporting by Chimwemwe Njoloma, Mana

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John chidongo
8 months ago

Tiyeni tinene mwandithe ndithe pamenepa. Mtsikana walawa kale kukoma kwamwamuna kodi ku school akalimbikiranso adzikanizira za banja basi. Chifukwa awa ndi ma teenagertu si akulu akulu. Ndipo ngati wafika pokwatira ndiye kuti wapanga kale chiganizo akafika 20 years yo akwatirabe osamaliza school. Kodi paja ife a Malawi timati mwana wamaliza school bola afike fomu 4 or opanda certificate ndiye kuti wamaliza. Ndiye phindu lake ndi chani? Ena atenga kale mimba mmbanjamo kuwachotsako ndikupatsa chipsinjo makolo mmalo moti asamale mwana limodzi . Pamenepa pali 50, 50 kuyipa ndi ubwino wake. Tangwanikani ndi ana amene ali zilema, nkhunyu.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago
Reply to  John chidongo

It’s not about how you started in life but how you want the end to look like…..there are so many women today who had made mistakes when they were girls but latter managed to change direction, went back to school and today they are respectable women of substance in our societies. The ideal situation is that every girl should excel in their studies without any stumbling blocks just as many boys do and young girls should never be forced into early marriages due to poverty and if they make mistakes on their own along the way, they should be encouraged… Read more »

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
8 months ago

Kodi a First Lady ndi inu? Kuvala kuposa abwana anu ndichifukwa mumachotsedwa ntchito. Muzikhala ndi ulemu mayi Chilima osamapanga mpikitsano ndi abwana.

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
8 months ago

osamapanga zibwana koma ndi kunyenga kwa anzanu.

Ghengis Khan
8 months ago

Great to see our Mama having a good relationship with mwana wawo Mary. Zimenezi zilimbitsa ubale wa president ndi vice wake.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago

It’s nice to see that there seem to be a very good relationship between the first and the second lady like mother and daughter, just the way things should be …..unlike how things were in the previous administration.

My only question on this function is the missing of the most taunted girl child marriage terminator in country, senior chief Kachindamoto, where was she?

wezi
wezi
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

Nothing genuine about this. We all know they want the to be first lady come 2025. This is for the camera. The clever one was HKB. He had no VP because he knew.

Nanjazi
Nanjazi
8 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

She was there!

Banda 2
Banda 2
8 months ago

Child marriage comes about because of many reasons mostly poverty. Yet the powers to be felt it best to hold a high level dinner costing millions. Just a photo opportunity with all talk. Get serious eliminate poverty encourage family planning.

BigMan
BigMan
8 months ago

Well done ladies!

Nabetha
Nabetha
8 months ago

congrants to you looking gorgeous everyone xxx. We need mindset change as we grew up being told that marriage is the most important role of our life meanwhile no one mentioned the need to discover our calling as the most important. As a result most of us are stuck in failed marriages and only managing one day at a time!!

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
8 months ago
Reply to  Nabetha

Nabetha, if you are looking for a new start let me know, there’s absolutely no need to get stuck in a failed marriage…..

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