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Snr Chief Mthiramanja Calls for Correction of Girls’ Behaviors

Senior Chief Mthiramanja Senior Chief Mthiramanja - pic by Hastings Jimani

Senior Chief Mthiramanja of Mulanje says unless stakeholders devise mechanisms of correcting behaviors of some girls, it will be difficult to end teenage pregnancies and child marriages in the country.

He said this on Wednesday during a monitoring visit of the 18+ BMZ project which Girls Empowerment Network (GENET) is implementing in Mulanje in partnership with Plan Malawi.

“Some parents are struggling to raise their daughters because of their bad behaviors and it becomes unfair to blame parents and chiefs for the increase of teenage pregnancies and child marriages,” he said.

Social Welfare Officer at Mulanje District Council John Taulo said partners like GENET and Plan Malawi have been our traditional partners in child protection and their support cannot go unappreciated,” said Taulo.

“Let us first think of a child who has been abused or is on the verge of being abused, support him or her other than wasting our time, energy and resources hunting perpetrators,” said Taulo.

GENET’s 18+ Program Manager Tamara Milanzi expects positive results after the evaluation of the project.

“We are proud and confident that we have done a good job and we are just waiting for an evaluation report to be presented to us soon,” said Milanzi.

The two partner organizations are implementing 18+ BMZ project traditional authorities Mthiramanja and Chikumbu.

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