African Women Honours Empowerment (AWHE) on Friday contributed to promoting girls’ education and rights by visiting Bwaila Secondary School in Lilongwe.
AWHE is composed of young women from different disciplines including education, social sciences and law.
Chisomo Liabunya, one of the directors of the organisation, said AWHE that was founded and is headquartered in Canada is aimed at empowering girls aged between ages of twelve and up.
“We want to uplift the girl child and mould them into responsible and better citizens for this country,” said Liabunya.
She added: “We want them to understand their rights and responsibilities be it in school and in critical issues such as sexual harassment.”
Sharleen Odalla, a member from women’s law society gave a lecture on girl child protection especially child defilement.
According to Liabunya, they are currently twenty-five in Malawi and would like to sort out a number of issues girls face challenges including the issue of sanitary pads.
Rudo Mello, another director for AWHE, who once worked with the Ministry of Education but is now with the Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) said, the issue of sanitary pads was crucial for Malawian girls.
“We’re collaborating with various stakeholders for reusable sanitary pads. We think it will have a significant impact,” she said.
A form three student who attended the motivational talk, Enelles Chiumia, said she was motivated by the talk.
“We have been motivated by the people who came because they are our role models. They have taught us a lot about ourselves self-hygiene when we reach puberty,” said Chiumia.
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