Girls in Malawi face pretty serious hardships. Almost half are married by age 18, and around a quarter become teenage mothers. Less than one in four girls complete elementary school, and nearly two-thirds are victims of child abuse. Plus, in a country with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, Malawian girls are four times as likely as boys to be HIV-positive.
The UN programs working in Malawi that Girl Up helps provide education, health services, leadership roles and positive messages to the countryâ€™s girls. Among many initiatives, Girl Up teaches reading and writing to girls who never completed school; builds medical clinics that cater to girlsâ€™ needs; provides information on ending child marriage; and uses mentorship programs to help older girls train their younger counterparts.
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