Written by  Miriam Kaliza

The First Lady Monica Chakwera says ending child marriage is a moral imperative for humanity and the world needs to understand that 2030 Sustainable Development Goals aspirations will not be achieved if early and forced marriages  and  other harmful practices continue to hinder progress to achieve gender equality.

Madam Chakwera: there is need to rescue young girls Madam Chakwera: there is need to rescue young girls

She was delivering a key note address at a side event of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Currently underway in New York, USA.

The event was organized by World Vision, focusing on ending violence against children with a special focus on child marriages.

Madame Chakwera said there is need to rescue young girls from the Jaws of early Marriages and encourage them to continue with school despite the challenges they be facing

She further said the statistics for Malawi are scary as reports show that at least 42 percent of adolescents are into child marriages, 29 percent teenage pregnancies and 20 percent of girls experiencing sexual abuse.

The first Lady said this needs to be overturned without any further delay.

The first lady said there is need to inspire hope and transformation for the children in need noting Malawi is likely going to see a spike in gender based violence and managing it is going to be costly. She therefore said partnerships are pivotal in pushing the agenda of ending child marriages.


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