Poly students in fighting GBV
Girl Up is an International Organization that was founded by the UN Foundation in 2010 as an initiative to help support UN agencies that focus on adolescent girls. Girl Up Malawi was founded in 2018 whose aim is to enhance girl empowerment.
Girl Up comprises of Jaqueline Malombe who is the chairperson and board members; Nomsa Msimuko, Robertah Kanjalo, Luniah Ndau, Ulemu Makolija, Upile Matululu, Chimwemwe Chiweza, Faith Nyirenda and other members like Alipo Katsala and Sonile Jere, just to mention a few.
According to one of the board members Upile Matululu, the organization has been indulging in activities like; Cervical cancer awareness, Yearly essay writing competition, Pad donation drive sponsored by PIL, 2018 Leadership summit and the 16 days activities.
“We are currently running a campaign called #16daysofacitivism which is an effort to help curb Gender based violence. For the month of December, we have a number of activities lined up such as; Consent classes #hands off campaign, financial literacy and self-defense workshops,” she said.
Matululu highlighted that, the 16 days of activism is important because Malawi is facing a rise in the number of cases of Gender Based Violence, defilement and rape.
‘We believe that Girls have a tremendous, often untapped power to change the world. Girl Up helps girls access their inner power to advance the skills, rights, and opportunities of girls everywhere,” added Matululu.