Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has warned against using young girls as dancing queens during bridal showers, stressing such practice fuels immoral behaviour among girls.
Bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding and also incorporates veterans who advise the bride to be on useful topics including sexuality and HIV-AIDS, household management, financial management, nutrition and communication.
It has been a tradition in Malawi to use young girls during bridal showers as dancing queens to spice up the events.
But speaking in Blantyre on Monday Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati said it was unfortunate that while government was instituting different mechanisms to promote the wellbeing of a girl child, others were busy using them as dancing queens during bridal showers.
“I am not against the bridal showers but I am very concerned with how organisers use young girls to dance for the bride to be while they are almost naked.
“This is one of the reasons why our young girls are indulging in immoral behaviours such as premarital sex that end up in early marriages,” said bemoaned.
She added: “I don’t see any reason why young girls should patronize such functions because the presenters choose topics that are related to sex and at the end the girls tend to practice what they have heard.”
The Gender Minister then warned of unspecified action should the trend continue.
“This is a serious issue and that is why the gender ministry is doing everything to ensure that young girls are protected from any sort of abuses.
“So, if we are to remain tight lipped on such issues, it means that we have allowed such immoral behaviours to be transferred from one generation to another which is very unfortunate,” said Kaliati.