Mother Group Model of Fighting Girl Child Marriage
Our campaign was aiming at using the Mother Groups Committees to fight against girl child marriage. The mother group committee is the committee comprised of 14 people especially dominated with women, head teacher and religious leader.
The aim of this committee is to counsel and encourage the girl child to work hard at school, enlightening parents to understand the needs of the girl child pertaining to education, advocate for the participation of the girl child in education.
Our campaign was done in a way that we were building the capacity of these committees in four schools in Chididi, whereby they were empowered with knowledge and skills on how to encourage the participation of the girl child in education.
Since we started building the capacity of these committees it has assisted in publicizing the dangers of girl child marriage in the community, using this approach it has assisted to make many parents understand the importance of educating the girl child.
The objectives were to:
(a) Develop a community based model which would assist to end girl child marriage.
(b) Mitigate and resolve girl child marriage using community structures.
(c) Publicize the importance of girl child education in Chididi communities.
(d ) Save young girls from being forced into early marriage through dialogue and communal level.
(e) Report issues pertaining to the girl child to the relevant authorities.
HOW THE OBJECTIVES WERE ACHIEVED
The advocacy has really assisted in the reduction of girl child marriage in Chididi. During 2015 the organisation, through mother groups, has rescued 15 girls from getting married. It has also reached 2373 families with information against girl child marriage. It has assisted in the prosecution of 5 forced girl child marriage cases.
Our innovation is encouraging the community's role in fighting against early girl child marriage.
Our impact is that we have managed to save 15 girls child from marriage, 2373 families reached with messages pertaining to the dangers of girl child marriage.
We have also changed the mindset of the communities towards girl child marriage.
Our biggest challenge is to secure funding to replicate the project in other areas.
The biggest lesson I have learnt is that working together with the community in advocating for social issues which affect them negatively needs a collaborative approach.