FAWEZA working with communities to combat child marriages and teenage pregnancies

The Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia (FAWEZA) is working with the community in Southern Province to combat Child Marriages/teenage pregnancies  among school going children. The Organisation has trained mother mentors and the neighborhood watch members    -who are gallant women and men from the communities, who have volunteered their time to promote and protect the rights of girls in Munjile and Mainza communities in Southern Province of Zambia.

Playing different roles, the mother mentors are charged with the responsibility of educating the school going girls on the ills of child marriages and teenage pregnancies. The mother mentors also monitor school absenteeism among the girls. They also provide counseling to the girls who are victims of child marriages/teenage pregnancies and encourage them to re-enter back into school.

Mother mentors and Neighborhood watch members pose for a photo with FAWEZA AED at Munjile primary school in Mazabuka district Southern Province of Zambia

On the other hand, the neighborhood watch committee is a link between the community and the Zambia Police in the area. The members of the committee are charged with a responsibility of reporting perpetrators of GBV in the communities especially those who marry or marry off learners. The committee in Munjile and Mainza communities in 2020 managed to report a total of 25 cases to the local Zambia Police-Victim Support Unit (VSU).

This is under the “access to justice for adolescent girls”- project being implemented through financial support from  Equality Now – A Nairobi Based NGO. The project has seen a total of 15 girls re-claim their school space after becoming pregnant and being married off.

In Zambia teenage pregnancies/child marriages continues to be one major cause for school drop-out among adolescent girls. The Ministry of General Education statistics show that annually, over 15,000 girls drop out of school due to pregnancies. This scenario is of great concern to FAWEZA.

To compliment government’s efforts, FAWEZA continues to accelerate training of teachers in comprehensive sexuality education so that they cascade the knowledge to learners, FAWEZA empowers families with financial literacy so that families are able to meet the basic needs of school going children and support their education. In addition, the organisation conducts community awareness on the ills of child marriages and teenage pregnancies to mention but a few interventions FAWEZA implements to curb teenage pregnancies and child marriages in Zambia.

Registration of Suppliers for 2021/22

The Forum for African Women Educationalists of Zambia(FAWEZA) is a gender justice organization, with the mandate of promoting access to quality inclusive education for all especially women and girls.

In order to effectively implement projects / programmes, FAWEZA requires external suppliers of goods and services for the years 2021 to 2022. In view of the foregoing, FAWEZA invites applications from established and reputable organizations/ companies to register as suppliers of goods and services.

Download the Registration Notice for the Categories and requirements .

REQUIREMENTS

Interested businesses should send detailed company profiles with the following details:

  1. Name and traceable physical address of Company
  2. Name of Directors and contact details for key Directors
  3. Experience of the company in supplying the preferred goods and services
  4. Copy of Registration Certificate
  5. Copy of tax registration certificate and tax clearance certificate from the Zambia Revenue Authority.
  6. At least two (2) recent trade referees

 

CONDITIONS OF APPLICATION

All applications marked “REGISTRATION OF SUPPLIERS” should be dropped at FAWEZA at the physical address below NOT later than 15th February 2021.  All applications should be addressed to:

 

The A/Executive Director, FAWEZA National Secretariat, Plot No. 6680, Chiwalamabwe Road, P.O Box 37695, Lusaka, Zambia,

Email: admin.office@faweza.org.zm