CHILD PROTECTION
Harmful Practices
10 questions polled on this topic
20% response rate
31,756 responded out of 161,739 polled
May 17. 2019
Which of these practices are common among girls in your community?
May 17. 2019
Have any of these practices happened to you or someone close to you?
May 17. 2019
What do you think about the practices?
May 17. 2019
What is your source of information on traditional practices?
May 17. 2019
How can harmful practices be ended in Malawi?
May 17. 2019
At what age are girls or women most likely to experience these traditional practices?
May 17. 2019
Please tell us the traditional practices that are common among women and girls in your community
May 17. 2019
What do you think about the practices? (free text)
May 17. 2019
Please tell us your source of information (free text)
May 17. 2019
Please tell us how harmful practices can be eradicated in Malawi (free text)

POLL RESULTS

MAY 17. 2019
Which of these practices are common among girls in your community?
31,756 responded out of 161,739 polled
Female
64%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
14%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
17%
Both
 
Both
6%
None
 
None

Male
64%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
13%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
17%
Both
 
Both
6%
None
 
None
0-14
65%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
16%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
11%
Both
 
Both
8%
None
 
None

15-19
63%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
15%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
15%
Both
 
Both
8%
None
 
None

20-24
65%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
13%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
15%
Both
 
Both
7%
None
 
None

25-30
64%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
12%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
19%
Both
 
Both
6%
None
 
None

31-34
63%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
13%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
20%
Both
 
Both
5%
None
 
None

35+
62%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
13%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
21%
Both
 
Both
5%
None
 
None
64%
Marriage before 18
 
Marriage before 18
13%
Sexual initiation ceremonies
 
Sexual initiation ceremonies
17%
Both
 
Both
6%
None
 
None
MAY 17. 2019
Have any of these practices happened to you or someone close to you?
30,324 responded out of 32,600 polled
Female
52%
Yes
 
Yes
43%
No
 
No
4%
Don't know
 
Don't know

Male
54%
Yes
 
Yes
41%
No
 
No
5%
Don't know
 
Don't know
0-14
44%
Yes
 
Yes
44%
No
 
No
12%
Don't know
 
Don't know

15-19
50%
Yes
 
Yes
44%
No
 
No
6%
Don't know
 
Don't know

20-24
54%
Yes
 
Yes
41%
No
 
No
5%
Don't know
 
Don't know

25-30
55%
Yes
 
Yes
41%
No
 
No
4%
Don't know
 
Don't know

31-34
54%
Yes
 
Yes
43%
No
 
No
3%
Don't know
 
Don't know

35+
54%
Yes
 
Yes
43%
No
 
No
3%
Don't know
 
Don't know
54%
Yes
 
Yes
42%
No
 
No
5%
Don't know
 
Don't know
MAY 17. 2019
What do you think about the practices?
28,715 responded out of 30,324 polled
Female
14%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
10%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
71%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
5%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment

Male
15%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
9%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
71%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
5%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment
0-14
18%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
18%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
56%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
9%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment

15-19
17%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
13%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
65%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
6%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment

20-24
15%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
9%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
70%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
5%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment

25-30
13%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
8%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
74%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
5%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment

31-34
15%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
8%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
74%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
3%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment

35+
14%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
11%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
73%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
3%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment
14%
Important to Malawi's culture
 
Important to Malawi's culture
10%
Necessary for girls development
 
Necessary for girls development
71%
Harmful practices
 
Harmful practices
5%
Other/Comment
 
Other/Comment
MAY 17. 2019
What is your source of information on traditional practices?
24,758 responded out of 27,470 polled
Female
62%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
14%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
13%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
12%
Social media
 
Social media

Male
57%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
16%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
13%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
14%
Social media
 
Social media
0-14
58%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
25%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
7%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
10%
Social media
 
Social media

15-19
63%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
13%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
12%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
13%
Social media
 
Social media

20-24
59%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
14%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
13%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
14%
Social media
 
Social media

25-30
56%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
16%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
14%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
14%
Social media
 
Social media

31-34
58%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
20%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
12%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
10%
Social media
 
Social media

35+
60%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
20%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
11%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
8%
Social media
 
Social media
58%
Parents/guardians
 
Parents/guardians
15%
Chief/faith leaders
 
Chief/faith leaders
13%
Friends/siblings
 
Friends/siblings
13%
Social media
 
Social media
MAY 17. 2019
How can harmful practices be ended in Malawi?
24,735 responded out of 26,248 polled
Female
46%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
37%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
14%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end

Male
44%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
37%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
16%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end
0-14
46%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
35%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
13%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
5%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end

15-19
44%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
42%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
11%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end

20-24
43%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
40%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
14%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end

25-30
46%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
34%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
17%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end

31-34
49%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
30%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
18%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end

35+
50%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
31%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
17%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end
45%
Stricter laws and penalties
 
Stricter laws and penalties
37%
Educating youths
 
Educating youths
15%
Work with community leaders
 
Work with community leaders
3%
These practices should not end
 
These practices should not end
MAY 17. 2019
At what age are girls or women most likely to experience these traditional practices?
27,470 responded out of 28,464 polled
Female
4%
6-10
 
6-10
28%
11-14
 
11-14
48%
15-17
 
15-17
11%
18 and above
 
18 and above
10%
Any age
 
Any age

Male
4%
6-10
 
6-10
28%
11-14
 
11-14
50%
15-17
 
15-17
10%
18 and above
 
18 and above
7%
Any age
 
Any age
0-14
5%
6-10
 
6-10
25%
11-14
 
11-14
39%
15-17
 
15-17
13%
18 and above
 
18 and above
18%
Any age
 
Any age

15-19
5%
6-10
 
6-10
27%
11-14
 
11-14
48%
15-17
 
15-17
10%
18 and above
 
18 and above
10%
Any age
 
Any age

20-24
4%
6-10
 
6-10
26%
11-14
 
11-14
51%
15-17
 
15-17
11%
18 and above
 
18 and above
8%
Any age
 
Any age

25-30
3%
6-10
 
6-10
29%
11-14
 
11-14
50%
15-17
 
15-17
10%
18 and above
 
18 and above
8%
Any age
 
Any age

31-34
5%
6-10
 
6-10
32%
11-14
 
11-14
46%
15-17
 
15-17
9%
18 and above
 
18 and above
8%
Any age
 
Any age

35+
6%
6-10
 
6-10
33%
11-14
 
11-14
44%
15-17
 
15-17
9%
18 and above
 
18 and above
8%
Any age
 
Any age
4%
6-10
 
6-10
28%
11-14
 
11-14
50%
15-17
 
15-17
11%
18 and above
 
18 and above
8%
Any age
 
Any age
MAY 17. 2019
Please tell us the traditional practices that are common among women and girls in your community
844 responded out of 1,165 polled
fumbi
chinamwali
girls
early
marriage
kusasa
sexual
18
school
sex
none
pregnancies
age
married
practice
practices
traditional
initiation
ndi
kulowa
ceremonies
get
pregnancy
fisi
kufa
marriages
ceremony
money
palibe
zaka
zinamwali
pregnant
prostitution
sukulu
chokolo
drop
forced
girl
kukwatiwa
like
activities
among
asanafike
dropping
men
years
young
ana
atsikana
boys
MAY 17. 2019
What do you think about the practices? (free text)
1,139 responded out of 1,390 polled
ina
miyambo
ndi
girls
koma
practices
chifukwa
good
zina
important
kuti
atsikana
malawi
bad
pali
ndiyofunika
culture
can
harmful
monga
practice
school
18
ayi
kwa
chikhalidwe
education
ndiyabwino
ana
girl
yoipa
development
poverty
ya
yabwino
bwino
pa
people
marriage
need
young
zikhalidwe
early
maganizo
hiv
initiation
child
ena
get
komanso
MAY 17. 2019
Please tell us your source of information (free text)
1,490 responded out of 1,620 polled
school
books
community
radio
media
ku
pa
friends
information
education
social
see
parents
girls
people
practices
kusukulu
experience
makolo
observation
kwa
happening
ndi
traditional
sukulu
village
wailesi
work
internet
mabuku
news
research
source
life
tv
youth
get
like
eye
self
teachers
eyes
first
leaders
primary
witness
different
ma
society
also
MAY 17. 2019
Please tell us how harmful practices can be eradicated in Malawi (free text)
293 responded out of 345 polled
practices
community
civic
education
youth
educating
laws
leaders
people
harmful
end
can
girls
parents
penalties
will
educate
need
stricter
ndi
practice
traditional
achinyamata
change
just
school
work
working
youths
like
za
also
cultural
culture
early
government
know
kwa
law
let
must
young
communities
done
educated
get
miyambo
poverty
things
well

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