Second Lady Mary Chilima has asked traditional leaders and other stakeholders in Ntcheu District to end child marriages.
She said this yesterday in the district when World Vision Malawi showcased different interventions to end child marriages.
“We need to join hands to end child marriages. I also urge people to abolish harmful cultural practices that fuel child marriages,” said Chilima.
In her remarks, World Vision Malawi officer-in-charge Catherine Komenda said they are implementing interventions to end child marriages in Traditional Authority Phambala because the area registered many teenage pregnancies.
“We are working with chiefs, parents and other government stakeholders to end child marriages in the area,” she said.
On his part, Inkosi ya Makhosi Gomani V warned that he will take action against traditional leaders who tolerate child marriages.
He said: “Traditional leaders have a role to play to protect girls from abuse.
“I ask them to enforce the by-laws that protect children.”
The organisation is also implementing projects on water, sanitation and hygiene as well as supporting children with learning materials.