European Union calls for more action against child marriages
European Union (EU) Delegation to Malawi Team Leader for Governance, Jose Maria Medina, has said there is need for Malawi to curb the cases of child marriages to promote the cause of women.
“Malawi must decide that dealing with child marriages and human trafficking as a matter of urgency is crucial to ending high levels of poverty,” Medina said, adding that child marriages are also the major cause of Malawi’s surging population which is expected to double within the next 20 years.
He was speaking at Chizumbi in Mwanza District during a tour of some initiatives under the EU funded Combating Child Marriages and Human Trafficking Project.
Association of Progressive Women Executive Director, Noel Msiska, said in an interview that, through civic education, the organisation has managed to change long held perceptions and beliefs among the people of Mwanza as regards child marriages and human trafficking.
“We have managed to rescue about 160 girls and boys from early marriages and labour camps in Mozambique and they are back in school,” Msiska said.
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