ArtGlo is working with technical colleges to reduce gender-based violence in schools. We caught up with four school administers to see how the work is going.
Women face many barriers to access, contribute, and participate in society equally, preventing them from developing to their full potential and impeding social and inclusive sustainable development. In Malawi, many believe that the role of Western organisations is to educate or “disseminate messages” about gender equality topics to Malawian women. Nevertheless, women in developed countries, such as the United States, also struggle with gender inequality.
Gender-based violence is one of the biggest challenges facing Malawi’s technical colleges. That’s why we’re working with groups of students, instructors, and principals from 14 different colleges from across the country to create artistic campaigns to end GBV. Read more about the training and process they all went through in order to design a campaign for their campus.
With few opportunities for quality employment for Malawian youth, one of the best options for a stable future is to go to a technical, entrepreneurial, and vocational education training (TEVET) college. There, students can learn a trade or other practical skill. However, women’s enrollment at these institutions sits at 27 percent, with the low numbers frequently attributed to rampant GBV at the colleges.
In Malawi, gender-based violence presents a very real barrier to young women and girls who wish to pursue greater opportunities. While one of the options for young people to pursue furthering education is at Technical, Entrepreneurial, and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) colleges, girls represent only 27 percent of enrolled students. Over the next year, we’ll be working with TEVET colleges across the country to raise awareness about GBV at TEVET colleges and for each college to create and implement effective reporting systems.
We have been training squad members from Chancellor College and Domasi College in collaboration with our sister organisation, Art & Global Health Center UCLA, on different women’s and gender issues, such as gender discrimination, sexual violence and harassment, reproductive justice, and exploring privileges of being a man/woman.