Virginity testing violates the rights of girls in Malawi

High-profiled Tumbuka chief Themba Mwankhunikira from the Rumphi area in Malawi recently called for the revival of a process to see if girls have had sex as a way of controlling the spread of HIV and AIDS.

Media Activism: Opportunities for Rural Women

The article will explore the issue of media activism and how voices of rural women have been largely sidelined in advocacy work using the media. Using the media, women can air their concerns and at the same time contribute to their development and that of society as a whole. Because the media is an important […]

January 1, 1970 Themes: Gender equality | Media | Xenophobia Programs: Journal Article

Political parties must commit to gender ahead of elections

The 2009 Malawi presidential and parliamentary elections are gripping in more than one aspect. Not only will these be one of the most hotly contested since the dawn of multi-party politics in 1993, but ironically the ruling Democratic People’s Party (DPP) will contest for the first time after assuming power through the back door. The elections are also significant potential opportunity for increasing participation of women.

Malawi food crisis hits women hardest

The twin disasters of HIV/AIDS and famine have pushed Malawian women, particularly rural women to unprecedented levels of desperation, forcing them to engage in unconventional methods of survival. The situation is compounded by the country?s economic hardships which, because of their role and position in society, have hit women hardest.

Time for women to lead

This article questions why women have lagged behind in terms of involvement in all areas of decision making. Women make up only 18% of members of parliament in Malawi and only a handful of directors and CEOs. The writer is therefore saying that it is imperative that women take the lead and participate in decision making.

Beyond Inequalities 2008, Women in Southern Africa

The Beyond Inequalities series aims to provide accessible information to engender development processes in the southern African region. The series have been updated based on the conviction that information is a strategic resource for socio-economic development. Information can catalyse development, and unless players and stakeholders have access to reliable information on the complexities and nature […]

January 1, 1970 Themes: Education | Gender equality | Media Programs: Book

Battles between men and women continue despite 16 days of activism, Malawi News

The article deals with gender based violence in Malawi.

Making Every Voice Count: a Southern Africa Case Study

The Gender and Media Baseline Study, conducted in southern Africa in 2003, revealed glaring gender disparities in the media and in its editorial content. With its goal to “promote gender equality in and through the media,À Gender Links (GL) has worked with a broad range of partners to try to redress these gaps through research, […]

January 1, 1970 Themes: Gender equality | Media | Xenophobia Programs: Journal Article

Women’s economic opportunities will curb poverty

The recent 29 May polls in Malawi saw the number of women members of Parliament rise from 14% to 22%. About 125 women competed for the 193 seats, with 43 successfully gaining ground. For the first time since independence in 1964, Malawi also has a female vice-president, former Minister of Foreign Affairs Joyce Banda

I won?t be silent anymore

How shall I tell my story? What if my father discovers that I have sold him out? Well since I have made up my mind to speak out I am not longer afraid I will tell it anyway. I know the consequences of my speaking out my father will abandon my mother and my father will disown me but for now I do not care any more.