Malawi

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

Joab Chakhaza – Malawi

While the 2014 Tripartite Election will go down in history as the most controversial due to the irregularities that marred it, Joab Chakhaza says the election will go in his story as a huge gender learning point. He remembers that whilst his team thought they were doing a commendable job in having the first ever debates in Malawi democratic history, they had all overlooked one important thing that Joab would learn through a phone call, and that is gender balance.

August 31, 2015

Amon Lukhele – Malawi

Amon Lukhele – Malawi

Gender Links (GL) and its interventions and the SADC Gender Protocol were mere rhetoric to me before 2013. At first I thought that women were not important in decision making. Through my relationship with GL I have learnt to reshape people’s consciousness and to redefine social relations to create a women-centered culture.

August 31, 2015

Francis Chikunkuzeni, Malawi

Francis Chikunkuzeni, Malawi

Francis Chikunkuzeni is a Lecturer at Malawi Polytechnic, and teaches Media Theory, Media Regulation and Global cultures. He details his experience with Gender Links as a phenomenal experience that has contributed positive change in his life.