The launch will be held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on 14th August 2018 and will be graced by Minister of Labour Francis Kasaila.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Joseph Mwandidya in a statement says five ministries have collaborated to ensure that adolescent girls and young women get necessary support whenever they face challenges.
Mwandidya says in the statement that complicating factors such as changes in family structure, unsafe and uniformed sexual relations, inadequate access to sexual reproductive health information, and disparities in the attainment of education may limit an adolescent girl’s development and life options
“Adolescent girls and young women are the most vulnerable, considering that 35% of girls, aged 20-24 give birth before the age of 18. 50% of adolescent girls are married before the age of 18 as compared to 9% of boys.
Less than 20% of girls who complete primary school and enter into secondary school, which is due to limited space and financial resources. Furthermore, HIV incidence among AGYW aged 15-24 in Malawi is 8 times higher than in young men,” reads the statement in part.
The statement adds that considering that there are efforts currently addressing empowerment, education, health and well being of AGYW, the National Strategy seeks to consolidate all efforts into a holistic, multi-sectoral approach with a comprehensive framework.
It further states that the implementation of the national strategy will ensure that adolescent girls and young women have opportunities to realize their full potential.
“By building a consensus and clear action plan between government and all stakeholders, the strategy will improve coordination, encourage collaboration, leverage resources and provide a monitoring and evaluation framework to track progress made on AGYW, as well as create a referral system and accountability framework,” adds the statement.