A Balaka-based youth organization, Nkhadze Alive Youth Organization (Nayorg), in partnership with Miss Balaka—Sera Pumani—have organized beauty contests with an aim of disseminating information to the youths on the dangers of sexually-transmitted infections (STIs), HIV and Aids.
Nayorg executive director Charles Sinetre said on Sunday that it was his considered view that fashion and design parades could play a critical role in disseminating information on HIV and Aids to the modern youths.
“For a long time, fashion and design shows have been associated with business, but Nayorg wants to take them as a tool for disseminating information on the dangers of HIV and Aids,” said Sinetre.
He observed that there is a tendency among girls to use their beauty to attract men, which he said, does not serve to build their future.
“We’re organizing beauty contests and young people from Balaka are competing. But unlike in normal beauty contests, we’re encouraging winners to use their beauty to spread information on the dangers of HIV and Aids,” he added.
But due to financial barriers, Nayorg will not implement the project in other districts.