Government Rolls Out AGYW Strategy
Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) championed by the Ministry of Youth and Sports has been implemented for years without any strategy up until 2018 when government adopted the AGYW blue print.
Since 2018, the AGYW strategy has been gathering dust at Capitol Hill and now Government has started popularizing the strategy.
With financial support from Christian Aid, dissemination of the strategy has started in Mulanje and from Monday to Friday this week a number of sensitization meetings have been lined up with district and community structures.
In an interview with Zodiak Online, Director of Youth in the Ministry of Youth and Sports Judith Msosa said Malawi has many players that are implementing AGYW activities with minimal achievements registered because of working in isolation.
“This strategy is emphasizing on total coordination among AGYW stakeholders, every player should know who is doing what and where to avoid duplications and am sure by the end of the day the nation will realize the success of AGYW,” said Msosa.
AGYW Programs Coordinator at Christian Aid Doreen Thom said as a key player in AGYW activities in Mulanje, the organization expects the district council to own and sustain AGYW programs as the strategy stipulates.
“We believe that in programing, coordination is key and we expect an empowered district council that will own and sustain AGYW programs as stipulated in the strategy at the same time we expect to see vibrant AGYW technical working groups at both district and community level,” said Thom.
With funding from Global Fund, Christian Aid in partnership with Youth-Net and Counseling (YONECO) and Malawi Girl Guides Association (MAGGA) is implementing AGYW package of HIV/AIDS, SHRR and GBV through provision of information and services in Mulanje.