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Malawian Protesters Demand Tougher Penalties For Rape

Malawian Protesters Demand Tougher Penalties For Rape

 Public concern about sexual abuse and harassment has grown in Malawi following accusations involving public broadcaster Hundreds of Malawians took to the streets on Monday to demand tougher rape penalties following months of protests over sexual abuse in the country, including a high-profile case involving the head of the public broadcaster. The demonstrators presented a […]

Over 2.6 Million People Require Food Assistance As Indian Government Donates Rice

Over 2.6 Million People Require Food Assistance As Indian Government Donates Rice

Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC) report has projected that 2.6 million people as requiring humanitarian food assistance. Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma disclosed this Monday in Lilongwe during the official handover ceremony of 1,000 tonnes of rice from Indian Government. She said the food assistance would be required during the lean season from […]

Minister Kaliati Warns Perpetrators of GBV

Minister Kaliati Warns Perpetrators of GBV

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Patricia Kaliati has warned that her ministry will punish anyone involved in gender-based violence (GBV) against girls, women and the elderly in the country. The Minister made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday during a press briefing where she condemned what she described as extreme inhuman forms […]

‘Let Us Support Women’ – Joyce Banda

‘Let Us Support Women’ – Joyce Banda

First Lady Monica Chakwera on Thursday hosted women at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Mother’s Day and International Rural Women’s Day, committing to address the social problem of teenage pregnancies and ending child marriages. Among her guests, notably were Speaker of Parliament Catherine Gotani Hara, the Vice President’s spouse Mary Chilima, former first ladies Callista […]

‘Corona carriers’: Stigma Halts Medication And Meet-Ups For HIV+ Malawians

‘Corona carriers’: Stigma Halts Medication And Meet-Ups For HIV+ Malawians

Malawian student Kondwani has fought against the stigma of being HIV-positive for most of his life, but COVID-19 has reignited old prejudices and given rise to a new term of abuse – “corona carrier”. A widely held misconception that HIV-positive people are at high risk of catching the coronavirus is fueling discrimination and making it […]

UK Supports Malawi With £10.8m for Anti-Corruption Fight

UK Supports Malawi With £10.8m for Anti-Corruption Fight

United Kingdom (UK) has committed an extra £10.8m (approx. K11 billion) to support Malawi in tackling serious and organised corruption. The UK’s Minister for Africa, James Duddridge, made the announcement after his audience with President Dr Lazarus Chakwera at State House in Lilongwe on Tuesday evening. Since 2016, the UK has been supporting Malawi through […]

Botswana Opts To Make Land Owners of Wives With New Law

Botswana Opts To Make Land Owners of Wives With New Law

A wife in Botswana can now own land alongside her husband, President Mokgweetsi Masisi said on Thursday in a boost for women that rights groups called long overdue. Prior to his amendment, the 2015 Land Policy stopped wives from owning land if their husbands already had some. “This amendment will allow women to be independent […]

Unsafe Abortion Is Hurting Malawi Women

Unsafe Abortion Is Hurting Malawi Women

State House confirmed on Monday that the Termination of Pregnancy Bill will be tabled in the current sitting of Parliament. As expected, voices against this bill are already soaring. For instance, the Malawi Council of Churches, Episcopal Conference of Malawi, Muslim Association of Malawi, Evangelical Association of Malawi and Qadria Muslims Association of Malawi have […]

UN Women Strengthens Safe Spaces For Child Marriage Survivors

UN Women Strengthens Safe Spaces For Child Marriage Survivors

This week, UN Women has been supporting their implementing partners in Dedza and Salima to strengthen safe spaces for girls and child marriage survivors in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Under the Elimination of Gender-Based Violence, thematic pillar UN Women has supported a total of 13,450 girls child marriage survivors in 10 districts with different […]

High Rate of Maternal Deaths Worry Malawi’s Lawmakers

High Rate of Maternal Deaths Worry Malawi’s Lawmakers

Government has an obligation to ensure that no woman should die due to pregnancy-related causes, Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Health, Matthews Ngwale has said. He made the observation Saturday in Blantyre during an interface organized by Ipas Malawi and Centre for Solutions Journalism (CSJ) which drew together some Members of Parliament, gender activists, […]

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