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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, […]

Women Challenged To Take Lead In Ending Gender Discrimination

Women Challenged To Take Lead In Ending Gender Discrimination

Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) in Dedza Diocese has urged women to actively participate in efforts that are destined to end gender discrimination in the society. Speaking at Bembeke at the end of a two-day training session for Catholic Women and Men’s Organisations on Friday, Dedza Social Development Diocesan Chairperson, Father Paul Kumkumbira […]

Malawi Teenage Pregnancy Rates Rise Over School Closures

Malawi Teenage Pregnancy Rates Rise Over School Closures

Education authorities in Mangochi are baffled that 7, 274 teenage girls in the district have become pregnant since the school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Youth Friendly Health Services Coordinator for the district Peter Malipa, the figure is higher by 1000 girls compared to girls who became pregnant similar period last […]

Malawi’s New Female Cabinet Ministers Vow To Push For Jobs For Women

Malawi’s New Female Cabinet Ministers Vow To Push For Jobs For Women

Malawi’s newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed women to a record 12 of 31 cabinet positions, with the new female leaders vowing to use their roles to help other women. Women now hold 39% of the ministerial and deputy minister roles in the cabinet appointed by Chakwera, 65, who unseated Peter Mutharika in a re-run presidential election […]

COWLHA Trains Mother Groups On Girls’ Access to SRHR

COWLHA Trains Mother Groups On Girls’ Access to SRHR

Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) has trained mother groups from Ngabu and Lundu in Chikwawa on how they can increase uptake of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) among girls. Speaking at the end of the training on Saturday, COWLHA’s Get Up, Speak Out (GUSO) Project Officer, Sekani Tchuwa said the […]

Malawi’s President Chakwera Says Cabinet To Be Lean With 40 Percent Women Representation

Malawi’s President Chakwera Says Cabinet To Be Lean With 40 Percent Women Representation

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has said he would appoint a full “lean” cabinet – which will have no less than 40 per cent of women – as he works towards putting together a functional government to rebuild the country’s comatose economy left by his predecessor Peter Mutharika. The new Malawi leader made the announcement Monday […]

Chakwera Wins Malawi’s Presidential Election

Chakwera Wins Malawi’s Presidential Election

Malawi ‘s newly elected president, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, is expected to be sworn in at Parliament in the administrative capital of Lilongwe by Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda as the court-sanctioned presidential elections. Chakwera will take the oath of office as Head of State and government will organise a presidential inauguration ceremony to be held later. […]

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