ArtGlo advises girls to use Arts in ending girl child abuse

 Art Global Health Organization Africa (ArtGlo) has said girls and young women need to be given a chance to use their daily acts in providing solutions to challenges they encounter in life.

Speaking on Monday during a community meeting in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Mkhumba, MAWA Project Assistant, Caroline Luka said it was critical for adolescent girls and young women to be part of solutions to Gender Based Violence (GBV) related challenges they were facing since such solutions would be sustainable.

“In this area girls complain to be facing challenges such as forced marriages and other sexual abuses perpetrated by men over young girls; so, we’re teaching these girls to use human centred designs and participatory arts to address such vices,” she said.

Luka: girls can provide best solutions. Pic Sam Majamanda (Mana)

Luka added that putting girls in the forefront was key to mainstreaming the messages for systematic replication and behaviour change in the area.

One of the girls, Maurine Dymon said she was sad to see many girls who had promising future in education fall in the ‘jaws’ of abuse and consequently failure to continue with their studies.

An officer from Phalombe District Council speaking during the meeeting. Pic Sam Majamanda (Mana)

She said as a young girl from the area and was geared to take part in designing and implementing long-term solutions to challenges that have robbed most girls of their would-be bright futures.

ArtGlo is implementing a project called Make Art for Women’s Activism (MAWA) together with Community Based Organizations in the country, in which and adolescent girl’s young women are taught to use arts such as music and drama in addressing issues infringing on their rights.

ArtGlo is implementing the MAWA project in five districts of the country namely; Phalombe, Blantyre, Chikwawa, Chiradzulu and Mulanje.