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Foundation for Women and Girls’ Empowerment (FOWOGE) advocates for maintenance of abandoned children

By Janet Nyirenda

Karonga, Mana: Foundation for Women and Girls’ Empowerment (FOWOGE) has expressed concern over the increase of abandoned children following disagreement between couples which lead to divorces.

In an interview with FOWOGE Executive Director, Christobel Munthali on Wednesday said it was pathetic to see many children across the country suffering in dire poverty yet their fathers are alive but left the responsibility of taking care of them to women.

“This behaviour is counterproductive and we will make sure that such men should be taken to court of law so that they start assisting children whom they have abandoned,” she said.

Munthali said her organization has embarked on a campaign on creating awareness on the vice to ensure that children enjoy parental care for them to grow into productive citizens.

She added that through the campaign women will be equipped with knowledge on children’s rights such as right to food, right to education, right to protection and right good health among others.

“We would like to empower women to be capable of voicing out challenges which they face after divorcing among other factors. They have to know where they can seek redress in case of any abuse,” the Executive Director said.

One of the women who was divorced and opted for anonymity commended FOWOGE for the initiative saying it will go a long way in ensuring that rights of women and children are protected at all cost.

“I was divorced some years ago and I was left with children since then, the father to the children never provided them with any support until I took the issue to court with assistance from FOWOGE,” she said.

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