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

Date: January 1, 1970
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The article deals with gender based violence in Malawi.

This article can be used to:
1. Demonstrate the importance of langauge.
2. Raise discussions about reportign on gender violence.
3. Raise discussion on GBV issues.
Trainer’s Notes:  The tone of the article is melodramatic and sensationalises the content, especially in the opening paragraphs. The article also seems to suggest that gender based violence is a problem for women (“As you commemorate this year’s 16 Days of Activism, ladies, you should bear in mind that you have a big task convincing men to change their mindsets.”). The article is a good illustration of an attempt to show that gender based violence takes many forms and is found in places outside of the home, including educational institutions and faith based organizations.  The article also deals with the role of culture and tradition. 
Discussion Questions:
1. The article does not quote survivors of gender based violence but relies on a single source from the Malawi Human Rights Commission.  Trainees should discuss how they could access comment from survivors of gender based violence to include in the article to make it more balanced.
2. The article could also be used to stimulate discussion on the links between different kinds of violence and how gender based violence makes women more vulnerable to HIV.
Training exercises
1. Read or listen to the GL produced "I Stories." Discuss the importance of increasing women’s access to media.

2. Visit an organisation, shelter, or support group, assist women to write their own personal stories that demonstrate the reality for these women.
Links to Training Resources:  Gender and HIV/AIDS: A Training Manual for Southern African Media and Communicators, Gender Links and the AIDS Law Project, Chapter 4,  and Chapter 6
Gender Justice Barometer 2004.pages80-87
Finding Gender in MDGs. Chapter 2
“16 For Life” Campaign 
 I Stories 2007
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