This is part 2 of a 4 part series (16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign)
|Malumbo Kalua Age 21 Form 4|
Breaking the chains of financial dependency is a huge step to being independent. In Malawi it can be difficult for anyone to find a successful path that allows an individual to rely on themselves or employment for self sufficiency. For women it can be even more challenging. I have heard too many stories from women who feel they have no other option than to take money from another person, most times a well-to-do man or uncle. As you can imagine, this puts them in a vulnerable position. When it comes time for “repayment” many women feel they owe their benefactor some service. A service that can seem as innocent as cooking and cleaning to something as demeaning as sexual favors.
It can be so easy for a girl child who wants to pay for school fees to be taken advantage of.
I love that Malumbo wants to teach this skill to other girls. She doesn't see it as competition. She sees it as a way to empower more girls and to give everyone a better chance at life and to feel like a person.
She is one of my Sheroes. She will be a huge agent of change for this country!