VSUs inspiring girl-child to remain in school

Blantyre: Interventions employed by Victim Support Units (VSUs) in the Southern Region are said to be bearing positive results one ofA such benefit being retention of the girl-child in school, Malawi News Agency (Mana) has established.

In an interview with Mana on Tuesday, Southern Region VSU In-charge, Superintendent Memory Mgeni said continuation of sensitization on the need to concentrate and be determined in their education has contributed to high retention of girls in school.

She disclosed that some of the initiatives the VSU deploys include encouraging girls to aspire becoming self-reliant and refrain from being exploited or sexually abused on the basis of their gender.

Yes indeed, all victim support units in the entire region are striving to sensitize the girl-child to remain in school, so that one day they effectively contribute to the country’s socio-economic and decision-making forums, she added.

We actually visit learning institutions of all levels in company of ‘Mother Groups’, local and international female role models and those holding very strategic positions in both public and private sectors; who motivate the girl-child through narration of their academic and professional journey and how they achieved such a feat, Mgeni told Mana.

She appealed to all girl-children to report all forms of gender based violence perpetrated by ‘barbaric and uncivilized’ men to relevant authorities including the victim support units available at every police formation across the country.

A Form 3 student at Chimwankhunda Community Day Secondary School, Kate Zalakoma said she is inspired to see several female police officers holding high positions in Malawi Police Service (MPS), citing Officer In-charge for Chilobwe Police Unit as a case in point.

I am always inspired to see female police officers being in controlling positions such as the Officer In-charge for Chilobwe, Superintendent Diana Chisale, she said, adding that her determination to work hard in class is derived from the fact, ‘nothing comes out of silver platter.’

Zalakoma is one of the many examples of girl-children at this public learning institution and surrounding communities who always dream in colour whose desire is to become the country’s second female president.

She observed that the existence of mother groups and other female achievers at her school and within the vicinity of her community motivates her to work even harder, so that she achieves the intended goal in future, despite losing both parents between 2006 and 2009.

Zalakoma pledged to continue motivating fellow female students including drop outs, saying gone are the days when renowned professions like engineering and law were associated with males alone since the trend has since changed whereby women equally hold such strategic positions.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA