Malawi

Malawi: Women bear the brunt in hunger crisis

Malawi: Women bear the brunt in hunger crisis

Blantyre, 1 April 2016: Despite being an agro-based economy, Malawi repeatedly faces hunger crisis. Regrettably, women suffer the most to curb the hunger. A visit at most selling points revealed that of the numerous people spending nights at the maize depots, the majority are women. Women continue to endure the most of this hunger crisis. […]

April 1, 2016 Themes: Human Rights Programs: Gender and Media Diversity Centre (GMDC)

Malawi: Climate change threatens food security

Malawi: Climate change threatens food security

Lilongwe 15 February 2016: Abiti Mkwanda, a 62-year-old woman resident in Mangochi district in the southern region of Malawi remembers vividly how the 2015 floods left her hopeless when her maize field drowned. She recounts how it has been hard to find food for herself and her grandchildren. For the whole year, she depended on […]

February 15, 2016 Themes: Climate change | Environment | Poverty | Productive resources Programs: Gender & Media

Malawi: Domestic workers denied a childhood and exposed to violence

Malawi: Domestic workers denied a childhood and exposed to violence

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.

December 17, 2015 Themes: Gender based violence Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

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

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

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.

I am visually impaired. In the early 1990s I enrolled with Montfort Demonstration School for both my pre-school and primary school education. During the pre-school age, I played with toys with my fellow kindergarteners. Getting initiated into braille writing and reading proved to be another joyous moment.

December 17, 2015 Themes: Disability Programs: SADC Gender Protocol & Alliance

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.