Initiation ceremonies in Traditional Authority Liwonde in Machinga District in Southern Malawi:


Alister C. Munthali , Maryse Kok , Tasneem Kakal

The baseline study of the YES I DO (YID) programme found, among other issues, that initiation ceremonies stimulate young people to experiment with sex, leading to teenage pregnancy and consequently (child) marriage. This study was initiated to explore how initiation ceremonies have evolved over the last 30 years and especially how they have impacted on youth sexual and reproductive health behaviour.