UN Women has called on stakeholders to consider including boys’ needs when promoting girls rights in order to avoid creating an imbalance that will disadvantage boys in the future.
UN Women Coordinator for HeforShe Campaign, Habiba Osman, made the remarks in Mangochi District on Sunday when the organisation organised a motivational campaign in the area of Traditional Authority Bwananyambi.
Osman said some indicators on the ground show that there is a social and economic imbalance that is slowly being created by efforts to promote girls’ rights.
“Gender equality should aim at promoting interests of both men and women. At the moment, it seems the emphasis is on girls and women, leaving out some deserving men and boys,” Osman said.
Fischer Kondowe, one of the personalities who attended the meeting to inspire the youth, said Malawi needs to work on eliminating poverty as a means of empowering local people to overcome challenges that prevent their social and economic existence.
Kondowe observed that poverty was making it hard for Malawian children to concentrate on their studies because most of them lack basic necessities.
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