NEWS | N.G.O
By Lonjezo Idrissa
Through its Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW) project, which is funded by Global Fund through ActionAid, Creative Center for Community Mobilization (CRECCOM) conducted legal clinic interface meetings with members of AGYW out of school club’s Development Committee in Livunzu Education Zone at Gangu Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhwira in Chikwawa district.
The meeting was to enhance legal literacy among adolescent girls and young women.
AGYW Field Officer, Enoch Kachitsa, expressed that the project is working to reduce cases of gender-based violence in the district.
“We are making sure that the AGYW out of school clubs understands where to report gender-based violence cases if they are abused and how they can avoid being involved gender-based violence situations,” said Kachitsa.
Kachitsa also uttered on the importance of legal clinic meetings with AGYW out of school girls clubs.
“Most AGYW out of school girls clubs were experiencing gender-based violence but had no idea of their types and examples. So the coming of legal clinics will help them to understand what to do when they are involved in gender-based violence-related cases,” said Kachitsa.
During the meeting, the Inspector from Chikwawa Police, Kingsley Mvuthe, facilitated AGYW out of school clubs from Gangu Village on how to be familiar with the law enforcement and the justice in Malawi, especially concerning gender-based violence, theoretical and administrative concepts behind the criminal and civil justice system.
The legal clinic is one of the activities AGYW project is conducting with out of school clubs which are composed of 50 girls and young women who dropped out of school or never been in school before. It is facilitated in collaboration with the Judiciary, Police, and Social Welfare Officers in the district.