Empowering the girl child
by Ezelina Kamaliza
I started my first job when I was 22 Years old, all I did was write
stories on Child rights with particular focus on girls, the
challenges they face and efforts being made to empower them.
I thought I was only doing my job. Talking to Members of parliament, government officials, the police and other stakeholders to make girls access to education and protection from dangers like child marriages and abuse a reality.
Until 2017 when I was invited to Judge Fernando Grande-Marlaskas office in Spain, the then Presiding judge of the Criminal Chamber (Now the Spanish Minister of Interior.)
We spoke about how all we did as Malawi was to amplify the girls voices to have stiffer penalties for perpetrators of sexual violence against girls and having a law to put an end to child marriages.
And later I was invited to speak to the Spanish Chamber of Judges on the same.
Honorable Marlaska said he wished this could be a reality for Spain soon with the efforts being made by non -state actors and how he would be gland to implement the kind of laws that Malawi has.
About two weeks ago we celebrated the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme: Girl Force: Unscripted and unstoppable”, it reminded me of how every effort counts, it’s never too small. Yes I am a girl with a force unscripted and unstoppable tagging along every girl to be the best they can ever be.
I hope all the partners in the fight for empowerment of girls and promotion of child rights in general realize that the instruments must be implemented to the core.