Kristen McGhie

Women Deliver

Women in rural Malawi are still subjected to a traditional initiation ceremony when they reach sexual maturity.

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This involves sending them away from their community to learn how to cook, clean and perform other household chores. They are also forced to have sex with a paid sex worker to rid them of their “child dust”. Women Deliver is an NGO that aims to replace this antiquated practice with a ceremony during which young women are educated about sexual and menstrual health. During the ceremony, women are also gifted a wearable device that secretly delivers contraception to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The device takes the form of an earring provided in a box secured with a needle used to ceremoniously pierce the ear to celebrate her coming of age. The service helps women reach maturity and finish their education without becoming pregnant, if that is their wish.