The organisation has since embarked on a four-month (first phase) K7 million project to sensitise school committee members, parents-teachersâ€™ associations (PTAs), teachers and pupils in 40 schools in Mzimba and Kasungu to the need to fight gender-based violence.
Speaking in Mzimba on Saturday, Fawema building skills for life project officer Aubrey Chakuzika said aÂ Plan Malawi survey showed that a bigger percentage of girls drop out of school due to gender-based violence.
â€œAlcohol and other drug abuse and culture are some of the major reasons girls experience violence and that is why we are involving different people to fight the malpractice.
â€œWe want more girls to reach at least Form Four. They should not be dropping out of school due to gender-based violence,â€ said Chakuzika.
One of the participants, Group Village Head Chalambira Shonga, said some girls are forced into early marriages in Mzimba because of poverty.