OXFAM End 78 Child Marriages in LL & BK
With cases of child marriages on the rise in the country, several non-governmental organizations have come together and worked towards ending the vice.
The NGOs led by OXFAM have registered remarkable success with 78 child marriages ending in a space of less than a year.
This was revealed through a visit by the Canadian Ambassador to Malawi Caroline Delany who is currently based in Mozambique but was in the country a week ago.
In her remarks, Delany said Malawi has strong legislation but what remains is the implementation of them.
“Malawi should continue with efforts that are aimed at ensuring that child marriages are ended.
As a country, you have good legislation in place and it is just a case of implementation that remains. There is hope that with our partnership with organizations like OXFAM we will certainly see to it that we deal with this vice,” said Delany.
Meanwhile, OXFAM Country Director, Lingalireni Mihowa said the "Her Future Her Choice" rive is on the right track adding that they want to get too deep into localities where the problem of child marriages is still persistent.
“Since the launch, we have seen that there is cooperation amongst us and our partners. We intend to bring back to school those that got married before the age of 18. We hope together we will end child marriages,” said Mihowa.
Her Future Her Choice a Sexual Reproductive Health Services and Rights (SRHSR) program, led by OXFAM intends to reach 20, 000 adolescents in over 14 health facilities in Balaka and Lilongwe.