Community Dialogues Key to Ending Child Marriages
A local organization, Ufulu Wathu, has singled out community dialogue as a magic bullet in curbing child marriages.
Programs Officer for Ufulu Wathu, Symon Thipa, told Zodiak Online on Sunday in Phalombe that allowing community members to provide solutions to challenges that affect them such as child marriages is critical in ending the tendency which is hampering efforts to educate the girl child in the country.
Thipa noted that through their project dubbed "ending child marriages", community driven system approach has proven to be effective since 2019 as communities are able to monitor activities which they planned together with duty bearers.
“Engaging community members to be part of the solutions in ending child marriage is critical and provide a sense of ownership and once the organization pulls out of the impact area the community is able to sustain the activities,” said Thipa.
He disclosed this when the organization held community dialogue sessions in six villages where the organization is implementing a project which seek to end child marriages in the area of Senior chief Nazombe in Phalombe district.
Village Head Khurumula said poverty is fueling child marriages and supporting communities with some initiatives can help in dealing with the vice in the area.
Khurumula has since lauded the organization for allowing community members to take part in providing solutions to avert child marriages.
Ufulu Wathu Community Based Organization is implementing a five-year project since 2019 through 2023 aimed at ending child marriages.