Voices of Children in Malawi

World Children's Day 2021

World Children's Day commemorations in Phalombe
UNICEF Malawi/2021/Atlas Media


In 2020, UNICEF, in collaboration with the Government of Malawi and partners, commemorated World Children’s Day by taking advocacy for child rights to the President’s office. On behalf of the government, President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera pledged better legislation, policies and resourcing mechanisms to promote child rights in Malawi.
Furthermore, he committed to increasing children’s participation in decision making processes. This event opened an opportunity for interaction between children and duty bearers as highlighted by one child representative, Comfort Kayuni, who concluded the interactive session by informing the President that, “We will organize ourselves and continue to follow up on the pledges made today”.
UNICEF recognizes the critical need to listen and respond to the voices of young people to fulfill their rights. However, children need the proper tools, platforms and support to speak and advocate for themselves, for meaningful and effective participation.
Against this background, in 2021, UNICEF together with the Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW) and partners, facilitated a series of children-led and focused workshops in three regions (north, central, south) of the country.
This report captures the participating children’s concerns, suggestions and solutions on issues that impact their lives. The issues were selected by them for discussions including with duty bearers as they felt these matter most to them, as agreed by the majority. Furthermore, UNICEF also conducted a U-Report poll to understand young people’s understanding of their rights, access to these rights, and the challenges.

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