Parliamentary Caucus on Population and Development has been challenged to view lack of access to sexual reproductive health services and comprehensive sexuality education as a key barrier to the youths.
Youth Action Movement (YAM), President, Priscillar Kafa made the challenge Thursday in Lilongwe when YAM presented a communiqué on ending Child Marriages in Malawi to Parliamentary Causus.
She noted that young people were failing to fulfill their sexual reproductive health due to lack of access to the two key issues.
The President said the barrier has exacerbated in contexts where laws are not enforced and adolescent girls are coerced into Child, Early and Forced Marriage.
“YAM fully acknowledges the proactive role Malawi has taken to ensure complete elimination of the societal ill citing the raising of large marriage age from 16 to 18, as one of the good example,” Kafa observed.
She said it was encouraging to learn that many stakeholders including the youths have joined in raising awareness about sexual reproductive health and rights.
Kafa explained to Population and Development Causus that raising the legal marriage age from 16 to 18 was not enough but simply a step in right direction and appealed to them to do more.
“We need to monitor the implementation of the same and ensuring that no girl is forced into marriage under any circumstances,” she added.
The YAM President called the Ministry of Justice to set up comprehensive monitoring systems to ensure complete adherence to the set policies that aim at protection adolescent young girls and women.
The Chairperson of the Parliamentary Causus on Population and Development , Madalitso Kazombo said youths should be in the fore front in addressing issues of early marriages and population control.
He said youths have very important role to play in society hence the need to empower them on the reproductive and sexual rights.
YAM through Family Planning Association of Malawi marched to the National Assembly to present the communiqué as one way of raising the awareness among the parliamentarians.
Among the Youths who patronized the occasion came from Lilongwe, Dowa and Mchinji and few members from Lilongwe Creative Centre Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) youth clubs.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :