GL Commentary Service

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

Press Freedom Day: GL urges Caster to appeal

Press Freedom Day: GL urges Caster to appeal

Johannesburg, 3 May: On World Press Freedom Day, Gender Links (GL) urges Caster Semenya to exercise #VoiceandChoice by appealing the court ruling that would force her to change her natural state in order to continue competing in sport. GL further urges the South African government, which has so far been conspicuous for its silence on […]

May 2, 2019 Themes: Gender equality | Sex roles | Sports Programs: GL Commentary Service

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

Tanzania: Border trade & teenage pregnancy

Tanzania: Border trade & teenage pregnancy

By George Mapunjo Tunduma, 26 December: Teenage pregnancies continue to be a challenge and a huge obstacle for girls to further their right to education, this is particularly true for border areas and centers of Commerce in Tanzania. This is due to many factors that threaten the safety and wellbeing of young girls at home […]

March 26, 2019 Themes: Reproductive health Programs: GL Commentary Service

SA: Rape survivors deserve our support

SA: Rape survivors deserve our support

By Prince Nare Johannebsurg, 21 March : Rape is a horrific crime, and its effects are devastating whether it is committed at home, in the community, or in prison. Many rape survivors – including those assaulted in detention – often suffer shame, anxiety, and depression; they are also prone to contract sexually transmitted infections, like […]

March 21, 2019 Themes: Gender based violence | Sexual violence Programs: GL Commentary Service

Zim: Abortion, a human rights issue

Zim: Abortion, a human rights issue

By Anna Miti Harare, 27 November: In Zimbabwe induced abortion is illegal as outlined by the Termination of Pregnancy Act (1977).  This law permits abortion only where the life of the mother is at risk, where rape has occurred or in cases of incest or sex with a mentally ill woman. In spite of this […]

March 1, 2019 Themes: Reproductive health 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

Tanzania: Put an end to FGM

Tanzania: Put an end to FGM

By Joel Headman Ngorongoro, 10 December: The northern district of Ngorongoro is home to the Maasai people and a place where tradition and culture still reign supreme. Many live in fear of their ancestors and will often times attribute misfortunes as a punishment from ancestors. This is also the basis of female genital mutilation (FGM) […]

January 31, 2019 Themes: Human Rights 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