Malawi

Malawi: Shortage of contraceptives hits women hard

Malawi: Shortage of contraceptives hits women hard

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Blantyre, 21 May:Thirty-year-old Doris Chikwina from Chigwaja village in Blantyre, Malawi is a very furious woman. She has just discovered that she is pregnant again. “I am fuming yet I am supposed to be happy with this bundle of joy news. But I am not. I did not expect this pregnancy. I […]

May 21, 2019 Themes: Health | Reproductive health Programs: Gender & Media | VRC Clippings

Sexual Diversity in the Malawi elections

Sexual Diversity in the Malawi elections

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Blantyre,20 May:Whoever wins the Malawi elections that are scheduled this May 21 has the toll order to adhere to the Constitution to the fullest. One of many litmus tests he must pass is how he will handle the issue of Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) which remains sensitive in Malawi […]

Malawi’s Life Skills Education inadequate

Malawi’s Life Skills Education inadequate

By Winstone Mwale Lilongwe 1 May : Deep-rooted conservatism, misconceptions, culture, and religious beliefs appear to be some of the factors currently throwing off the track efforts to improve young people’s access to correct and comprehensive sexuality information through Life Skills Education in Malawi. The country is currently plagued by social and health problems, such […]

May 20, 2019 Themes: Education Programs: GL Commentary Service

Fight for LGBTIQ community’s rights resurface

Fight for LGBTIQ community’s rights resurface

Malawi: From Australia to Malawi issues affecting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex and Queer/ Questioning (LGBTIQ) community could be the same. In Australia a deeply religious 30-year old rugby player Israel Folau, found himself in hot water over his anti-gay comments. He posted on social media that “hell awaits homosexuals”. It cost him his […]

May 13, 2019 Themes: Human Rights | LGBTI | Reproductive health | Sex roles Programs: News | Perspective

Malawi: Putting MGDS III Under gender microscope

Malawi: Putting MGDS III Under gender microscope

Malawi: Last year, Malawi launched the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy III (MGDS III). When government distributed the signed 215-page book to all who attended the launch ceremony, everyone rushed to the office or home and peruse the pages mainly the chapters they were interested in. MGDS III is a national development blueprint and Malawi’s […]

May 9, 2019 Themes: Agriculture | Economics | Education | Gender equality | ICT's Programs: News

Malawi: A chief’s fight against child marriages

Malawi: A chief’s fight against child marriages

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Dedza, 4 December: She has received death threats, been called names, challenged, received awards and international recognition, all because of her fight to end child marriages. This feisty Lady is Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Ntakataka village in Dedza. She has managed to annul over 900 child marriages in her village within three […]

April 15, 2019 Themes: Drivers of Change Programs: GL Commentary Service

Malawi: Teenage Pregnancy Fueling Poverty

Malawi: Teenage Pregnancy Fueling Poverty

By Winston Mwale Lilongwe, 27 December: Malawi is one of the least developed countries in the world, and the country may continue to find it hard to extract herself from the gut-wrenching poverty if nothing tangible is done to deal with the perennial scourge of early pregnancy and marriage among female students. Officials from the […]

March 1, 2019 Themes: Human Rights Programs: GL Commentary Service

Malawi: Bill reform delays putting women at risk

Malawi: Bill reform delays putting women at risk

By Penelope Paliani-Kamanga Blantyre, 9 December: When fifteen-year-old, Nadzi discovered that she was pregnant, she informed her equally young boyfriend Peta who vehemently refused the pregnancy. “We only did it once, how can it be mine?” he angrily told Nadzi.  A confused Nadzi later told her best friend who advised her not keep the pregnancy. […]

February 25, 2019 Themes: Reproductive health Programs: GL Commentary Service

Malawi: Fighting GBV in politics

Malawi: Fighting GBV in politics

By Joseph kayira Blantyre, 29 December: Since the advent of electoral democracy in Malawi, in 1994, women’s rights and empowerment issues appear to take center stage during campaigns. Women are deliberately removed from public domain once a new government is in place. However, things have suddenly taken a new turn as women have started to […]

December 29, 2018 Themes: GBV | Politics Programs: GL Commentary Service

Malawi: Poverty blocks fights against GBV

Malawi: Poverty blocks fights against GBV

By Jane Changwanda Balaka, 24 December: In a courtroom, Annie kadothi* stood up and told the Magistrate that she wanted to withdraw the case against her husband case who was answering a case of unlawful wounding. Accompanied by her relatives and their marriage counselors, she told the court that she would not manage to take […]

December 24, 2018 Themes: GBV Programs: GL Commentary Service