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Yearly Archive2017

YONECO Reaches-Out to Young People with SRH Information at Mulhakho wa Alhomwe Fest  

YONECO reached out to over 2,000 young people with Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) information at the Muhlakho wa Alhomwe Cultural Festival in Mulanje district.

Culture is one of the key factors that have either a positive or negative impact on young people’s SRH outcomes. Thus, taking advantages of this year’s theme which revolved around empowering young people, YONECO deployed its youth workers to provide comprehensive SRH information to the young people at the function.

Among other things, YONECO participated in the Youth Conference whereby a number of Lhomwe young people from various districts were engaged in various issues ranging from entrepreneurship, discussions about culture and identity to sexual reproductive health issues.

Further to this, YONECO further engaged the youth during other side events like sports and game stints that were specifically organized for the youth.

“The engagement was so vigorous and the enthusiasm of the youth really demonstrated how hungry the youth are for correct sexual reproductive health information”- Hughes Munthali, YONECO Helpline Services Manager.

YONECO firmly believes that some negative SRH outcomes among young people are to a larger extent a result of lack of correct information and sex and sexuality issues. Thus, the institution utilizes various platforms to ensure that the youth are being reached out to with comprehensive SRHR information for them to make informed decisions about their health.

YONECO is currently implementing a project titled ‘Comprehensive Action for Adolescent Girls and Young Women (AGYW). The project’s overall objective is to reduce incidence of HIV among girls aged 15-24 through addressing negative gender and social norms, strengthening community systems, and use of other integrated interventions that are aimed contributing towards the attainment of the 90-90-90 goals.

 

Other projects which YONECO is currently implementing in Malawi to promote young people’s SRHR include: Get Up Speak Out (GUSO) which is funded by Simavi and it is being implemented in Mangochi; YONECO is also implemented a DFID-funded project in Mangochi and Chikwawa. The project is titled Empowering Young People to Manage Health Risks as well as Integrating YFHS in YONECO’s Youth Drop in Centre which is funded by the Segal Family Foundation.

Malawi Reaffirms its Commitment towards Ending Violence against Children

The Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare; Honourable Clement Mkumbwa stated that Malawi will continue intensifying efforts towards ensuring that the rights and welfare of children are promoted  in the country.

Honourable Mkumbwa made these remarks in his key note address that marked the official opening of the Conference on Parenting at Sun and Sand Holiday Resort in Mangochi.

“the laws and policies that Malawi has enacted as well as hosting the Parenting Confere for the second time speaks volumes of how committed Malawi is towards promoting child rights” said honourable Mkumbwa.

The conference brought together Civil Society Organisations, practitioners in child protection, knowledge and research institutions, policy makers from Africa and beyond. Among others, the conference attracted delegates from Zimbabwe, Republic of South Africa, Canada, Maurituaios, Rwanda, Kenya and Tanzania.

The conference was held  under the theme; Child Online Safety and Security – Ending Online Violence against Children. In line with the theme of the conference, the Honourable Deputy Minister also acknowledged the fact that internet greatly contribute towrds increased cases of children’s vulnerability to violence in so many ways.

In his closing remarks, the Board Chairperson for YONECO, Proffessor Dixie Maluwa Banda stated that everyoneis responsible for protecting children’s rights. He further urged all participants to raise awareness on the importance of protecting children from violence.

The conference was organised by the Malawi governement through the Ministry of Gender Children Disability and Social Welfare, Parenting in Africa Network (PAN) Malawi Chapter, Malawi and Youth Net and Counselling (YONECO), SOS Children’s Villages. The objectives of the conference were to: romote learning and sharing among stakeholders on promising practices across the region; launch country specific campaigns on online violence against children; increase knowledge on the use of technology in enhancing safety of children; as well as to create awareness on existing national, regional and Africa wide legislative framework. The conference was held from 23 to 26 October, 2017.

YONECO’s ‘Two for One’ Initiative Starts in Zomba

In a bid to keep Zomba City Clean and ensure that community members are aware of the Gender Based Crisis and Child Helpline Tool-free lines,