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One of the renowned non governmental organisations in the country Girls Empowerment Network (GENET), is advocating for the support of girls rights in Dowa District, in a quest to assist girls to complete their education and become self reliant in future.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday in Dowa, GENET Gender Programs Officer, Twambilile Kayuni said her organisation is committed to advancing rights of girls particularly the right to education in Dowa district.
"As an organisation we really want to see girls in Dowa going on top with education, since we noticed that girls are in a vacuum where they are facing various forms of abuses such as; Sexual Gender Based Violence, so we want to break these challenges and support them to complete their education," said Kayuni.
Recently during the closing of 16 days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, GENET conducted an awareness campaign in Traditional Authority (T/A) Kayembe in Dowa District where girls highlighted on the issues affecting their education including issues of; early marriages and defilement.
Kayuni said that, her organisation is implementing projects in Dowa District after research revealed that the district is most venerable to Gender Based Violence which most of the victims are girls consequently hindering them from completing their education.
It is reported that, Dowa registers high cases of abuse against girls and young women; recently it was reported that a 14 year old girl was defiled while in police custody and another minor was sexually harassed by a prophet while she was seeking prayers.
In the same district, a woman had her hands chopped off by her husband after being suspected of having an affair with another man.
According to Kayuni, it is the wish of GENET to help in curbing violence against women and girls in Dowa District so that girls should concentrate on their education.
"Our mission is to promote girls education while creating a sexual gender based violence free environment for girls in the district, as we perceived that Dowa is on the rise in terms of gender based violence cases," she said.
Kayuni further urged girls to report on any violence which they may encounter following this year's theme of 16 Days of Activism which saying 'Ndiulula' saying that this will help justice to take its course.
In her remarks, T/A Kayembe of Dowa who is also the ambassador of Ending Violence against Women and Girls (EVAWG) commended GENET for its effort in supporting girls in Dowa District saying that it would help create a great future for girls in the district.
GENET is implementing its project in Dowa with funding from COMIC Relief in partnership with Oxfam Malawi.