Champions of Change: Towards gender equality in Traditional Authority Liwonde, Machinga: a baseline study


Alister C. Munthali , Maryse C. Kok , Tasneem Kakal

It is estimated that the prevalence of child marriage among females aged 18-24 in Traditional Authority (TA) Liwonde in Machinga District is 18% while teenage pregnancy prevalence among females aged 20-24 years is at 63%. The prevailing gender inequality in this area constitutes one of the root causes of child marriage and teenage pregnancy. Plan International will implement the “Champions of Change” (CoC) intervention in order to address gender inequality, as part of the YES I DO (YID) programme. Thirty-two facilitators of Champions of Change (FCoC) will be trained and these will lead girls’ and boys’ groups

The main objective of the overall study is to assess the outcomes of the CoC intervention in TA Liwonde.