Enabling rural mothers in Malawi to lead advocacy and community action on girls' education
In communities where poverty, illiteracy and cultural practices and attitudes present strong challenges to girls’ education, mothers in the community have proved to be particularly effective in ensuring girls are enrolled, attend school regularly, perform well and complete their education. Their proximity to the schoolgirls, parents and leaders in their communities gives them crucial opportunities to advocate in favour of girls’ education as well as a strong position of influence provided they have the knowledge and skills to advocate effectively.
FAWE’s approach has thus been to place local mothers, particularly in rural areas, at the forefront of advocacy to get young girls into school and ensure the community supports girls’ education. Through FAWE’s Mothers’ Club initiative, women advocate at grassroots level to raise awareness on the socio-economic benefits of girls’ education and mobilise community support for girls’ education. They also reach out to teenage mothers and other out-of-school girls and provide counselling, finances and other support so these girls can return to school and complete their education.