Nsanje Girls Call for Action Amid Rampant Sexual Violence
Girls in Nsanje have taken duty bearers to task to address acts of gender based violence haunting them.
The girls raised various forms of abuses facing them citing defilement. They say such abuses are impacting negatively on their education.
They spoke in an interview with Zodiak Online on Tuesday during the commemoration of the day of an African child which took place at Kanjedza primary school in the area of Traditional Authority Chimombo in Nsanje.
"We face various abuses including defilement, this results in pregnancies consequently dropping out of school,” lamented a 12 year old learner at Nyachilenda primary school.
Another learner, also from Nyachilenda primary school in the district, is equally concerned.
"May the duty bearers protect us from such acts of abuses for the sake of our future. The law enforcers should bring the culprits to book, " said a 11 year old learner.
They described the commemoration of the Day of an African Child as critical in promoting girl child education.
Nsanje district council Chairperson, Rose Makiyi, assured the children that efforts are being made by the council and its partners to eliminate the same.
"We are mindful of the concerns. Our partners but also the council are employing various initiatives aimed addressing such concerns," explained Makiyi.
District Commissioner, Medson Matchaya, assured the learners that his office will work around the clock to ensure that the district's children are safe from various forms of abuses.
"Such concerns cannot be addressed in a day, we will get there. It takes steps and this is one of the steps towards addressing such issues.
"As a council we are geared and have agreed to frame our developments to address major challenges we are facing in order to shape the future of tomorrow through the young," said Matchaya.
Nsanje district gender officer, Edison Njembe, last month disclosed that his office had recorded over 400 child marriages from April 2020 to July 2021.
Njembe said that they have terminated 308 child marriages.
The day of an African child was commemorated under the theme; "30 years after adoption of the charter; accelerate implementation of agenda 2040 for an African fit for children.