Ukani and their fight for young mothers

Ukani Malawi is a youth led non-profit organisation that deals with girl empowerment and gender equality. It was inspired by seeing the lack of female leaders and female representation across different industries in society. The organisation runs a young mothers programme which aims to integrate teenage mothers back into the school system through financial support and mentorship. The programme is aimed at breaking poverty cycles among young mothers in Malawi by equipping them with marketable skills in tailoring, material refurbishment and shoe making. The organisation aims to groom future leaders, politicians and entrepreneurs by taking a holistic approach that supports the overall development of the girl child, covering health, safety, education and sanitation needs. The project stretches over 4 districts, that is, Blantyre, Zomba, Lilongwe and Mzimba with 160 volunteers who understand that when girls and women are empowered there is a positive impact in the efforts towards achieving sustainable development goals.

The organisation was founded by Temwa Chirembo and Modester Mangilani after they experienced first-hand the barriers to quality education, health and sanitation and entrepreneurial development that women in the country face. Due to these issues there is an obvious lack of female leaders for young women and girls in Malawi to aspire to and women remain marginalized in the community.