Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre (MHRRC) has told communities in Chitipa District that they will continue to languish in poverty if they do not appreciate the need to have sizeable families.
MHRRC programme manager Emma Kaliya issued the warning on Saturday during interface meetings held at Ipenza Clinic and Navitengo Market in the area of Senior Chief Kameme.
She said besides plunging into a cocoon of poverty, families which have unlimited number of children are enemies of development.
Said Kaliya: “Bloated families are a burden to government which has to commit extra resources to support the ever growing population.”
She further explained that forcing young girls into early marriages renders them vulnerable to gender-based violence (GBV) and limitless childbirths.
In his remarks, first grade magistrate Julius Kalambo said marriages involving girls aged below 18 are illegal and perpetrators of such marriages will be punished under the country’s laws.
The interface meetings were organised by Gender Equality and Women Empowerment (Gewe) project and MHRRC, with funding from European Union (EU) and United Nations Population Fund UNPF.