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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, […]

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 […]