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.

Incomplete education

62% of 15-24 year olds 

have not completed primary education in Malawi

(EPDC, 2014)

Girls with HIV

8:1 - HIV infection rates 

are eight times higher in 15 year old girls than boys the same age

(PEPFAR, 2017)

Cervical cancer

0.08% incidence 

of cervical cancer among women – the highest in the world

(BMC Public Health, 2016)

Our work in Malawi

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Uniting boys and girls for a more equal Malawi

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Through TEGA, we are unearthing unique insights about girls’ lives to inform ours and our partners’ work

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Partnerships in Malawi



Increasing demand for health services by empowering girls

Learn more about PEPFAR DREAMS


Breaking down negative attitudes and behaviours that prevent girls accessing the HPV vaccine

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Putting empowering content in the hands of girls, globally

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