From puberty, boys and girls in Malawi are largely kept apart. As the only relationship expected between them is a sexual one, platonic friendships are often discouraged. Girls are kept at home and given more chores which means they have less time for studying, hobbies, or socialising. This division has broader social implications too. In a country with one of the highest incidences of HIV, and with the disease disproportionately affecting girls more than boys, it's crucial to bridge the gap between the sexes.
In spite of entrenched divisions, there is a rising desire amongst younger generations in Malawi to mix. Boys and girls recognise that they are divided but believe they can help each other reach their potential, creating a stronger, thriving Malawi for the future.