Malawi

Malawi: National gender policy 2012 – 2017

The Constitution of Malawi recognises and promotes gender equality. The purpose of this policy is to mainstream gender in the national development process to enhance the participation of women and men, girls and boys for sustainable development and poverty eradication.

December 15, 2015 Themes: Gender equality Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC) | Report

MDG acceleration framework action plan for gender equality and women empowerment in Malawi: A background paper

Malawi has four goals that are off track in the portfolio of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The government has decided to focus on interventions that would accelerate the achievement of the lagging MDGs with girl child as an entry point.
This paper provides background information for developing an action plan; looks at recent interventions to improve results and identifi8es key gaps and solutions. Malawi lags behind in the ratio of girls to boys in secondary education, the ratio in terms of literacy and the share of women in waged employment in the non-agricultural sector and the seats held by women in parliament.

Malawi: Looking at rights through the eyes of a visually impaired person

Lilongwe, 14 December: Last week the world and Malawi commemorated International Human Rights Day: a time, among others, to do some soul searching on the rights of people with disabilities.

Malawi: Domestic workers denied a childhood and exposed to violence

Malawi: Domestic workers denied a childhood and exposed to violence

Blantyre, 8 December: Mercy wakes up at 03.00 every morning to start her domestic chores. Despite only being 14-years-old, Mercy* is at the centre of the domestic duties at the home where she works.

Malawi: Harmful cultural practices undermine girl’s education

Malawi: Harmful cultural practices undermine girl’s education

M`bwana Kawinga, Machinga District, Malawi, 24 November 2015: Harmful cultural practices are one of the major factors contributing to inequitable schooling environments in Malawi.

Malawi: Campaign for Female Education in Malawi Calls for Change of Mindset to Keep Girls in School

Malawi: Campaign for Female Education in Malawi Calls for Change of Mindset to Keep Girls in School

Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) in Malawi has indicated that although various organizations were coming up with interventions to help the girl child proceed with education, mindset and poverty were still hampering the process of uplifting girls’ education.

Malawi: Water Scarcity Increasing Gender Imbalance in Mulanje

Malawi: Water Scarcity Increasing Gender Imbalance in Mulanje

Mulanje – The Mulanje Chapter of the Adventists Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Malawi says access to clean safe water is one issue that needs serious consideration as it increases gender imbalance and unfairness on access to the right to economic development.

October 21, 2015 Themes: Human Rights Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

Kenwilliams Mhango – Malawi

Kenwilliams Mhango – Malawi

I am a human rights defender who has worked both in Malawi and Zambia since childhood. Being from a Christian background I grew up believing in God. I spent much of my time attending fellowship prayers with my fellow believers which motivated me to become interested in helping others achieve the purpose for which they were created. I decided to work for human rights when I was released from Zomba Mikuyu Prison having seen the conditions that I went through with other colleagues such as Chakufwa Chihana and Dr Orton Chirwa who died in prison, fighting for change in Malawi. The fight was about breaking the one party system for a multiparty government.

September 28, 2015

Victor Kaonga – Malawi

Victor Dagha Kaonga is a seasoned Malawian journalist and the National Director at Transworld Radio. (TWR). TWR is the oldest privately owned Christian radio station in the country. Interestingly, Kaonga’s name is not as famous as the radio programmes that he has been doing over the years. But how is this so? Kaonga is fond of running radio columns using a pseudonym, hence many people associate with the programme and the voice as opposed to the character.

September 2, 2015

John Khayia – Malawi

John Khayia is the one reporter at Galaxy FM whose belief can be challenged by other journalists because it defies one of the core tenets of news telling, objectivity. Khayia believes reporters should go beyond accounting for what happened.

“I feel that is where we miss itÀ, he starts explaining. “Reporters should strive to cover issues but also unearth solutions to issues affecting our society. I feel a reporter should be emotionally attached to the story and sources because in so doing our success will not be measured by the number of the article but the problems we would have helped to solvedÀ.

August 31, 2015