YouthNet and Counselling (YONECO) is a non-political, non-profit-making non-governmental organization that was formed in September 1997. It was established to address the social injustice and reproductive health issues affecting the youth, women and children. YONECO registered with National Youth Council of Malawi under the National Youth Council (1996) Act, under the Trustees Incorporation Act (1962) in October 1999 and with the NGO Board in 2003. YONECO is a member to a number of networks like Council for Non Governmental Organizations in Malawi (CONGOMA), Malawi Education Network (MENET), Malawi Network of AIDS Service Organization (MANASO) and Human Rights Consultative Committee (HRCC). YONECO became a member of the Human Rights Consultative Committee in 1998. YONECO is a member to international organizations which include: Gender Based Violence Prevention Network, World Association of Non Governmental Organizations (WANGO), International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN), Child Helpline International and CIVICUS among others.
ORGANIZATIONAL OBJECTIVESYONECO pursues the following objectives: To promote positive youth, women and child development through counselling, life skills, leadership and entrepreneurship development; To safeguard, promote and protect human rights with particular reference to the rights of youth, women and children; To conduct civic education on HIV/AIDS, human rights, gender, democracy, and good governance among the general population; To enhance youth, women and children participation in democratization process and socio � economic development of the nation; To provide social and economic support services for abused and victimized women and children at community level; To provide care and support to those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS including people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans.