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Gender gap costs Malawi k64bn yearly

  The United Nations (UN) Women has estimated that Malawi is losing $100 million (about K64 billion) each year due to a widening gender gap in the agriculture sector. The UN agency, dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, also estimates that by closing the gender gap, the county could increase its crop…

Ignored scars of gender violence

Survivors of gender-based violence are dying for psychosocial support, especially counselling, writes Staff Reporter JOHN CHIRWA The happiest day for Rose Mhone, 39, came in 1992 when she told her sweetheart:  “Till death do us part.” But it was no happy affair as her husband started sleeping around. “Within a year, he started going out…

Gender gap costs mw k80bn annually

A new joint study by United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Environment Programme (Undp-Unep) has put Malawi’s total cost of gender gap in the productivity output of women in the agriculture sector at a staggering $110million (about K80.3 billion) a year. Last year, the United Nations (UN) Women estimated that Malawi loses around K60…

Costing Malawi’s child brides

  For every step forward, Malawi seems to be moving two in reverse on ending child marriages. Figures from the latest study by the AU campaign to end child marriage in Africa are scaring. The study—completed in October 2015, but released on December 2—shows that nearly 65 percent of women in Malawi with no formal…

Banking and balancing gender see-saw

Village banks are not all about money—the savings and loans—but also closing gender gaps in homes that were once over-dependent on men. The world is a see-saw where parity cannot be achieved without exerting some weight on the lighter side. This swing of power is not another theory from university-baked brains, but a certainty of…

The curse of being disabled

  On a Monday morning, Stella Chiwaka, a 28-year-old primary school teacher in Mchinji, left her home to seek family planning services at a nearby health facility. She does not want a child anytime soon, but what greeted her at the facility made her wish improbable. On this day, a male service provider was on…

Keeping teachers in rural schools

  Alberto Gwande and almost 800 pupils at Khuzi Primary School in Lilongwe need more teachers. The school is severely understaffed, with only six teachers. “I was supposed to receive new teachers last year, but they never came,” recalls the head teacher. Khuzi is 20 kilometres away from Nathenje Trading Centre. Its pupil-teacher ratio (PTR)…

After Baby Grace’s burial

Baby Grace’s death will remain a shocking tragedy unless the country ends time-honoured public health gaps that compel women to carry unintended pregnancies, JAMES CHAVULA writes. The country was gripped with shock when the police announced last week Tuesday that children searching for wild fruits had found a newborn lying in the cold in a…

Legislators get ready for abortion law

No cameras.  Just observe.  For once, photographable first Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje seemed allergic to pictures when a busload of legislators arrived at Mwanza District Hospital last week. Obviously, this was no ordinary business of the House.  Not every day do members of Parliament (MPs) visit hospitals blighted with overcrowding, staff shortages…

Easter drama memories

The long Easter weekend seemed shorter for theatre enthusiast in Blantyre and Lilongwe as Solomonic Peacock Theatre Company dated Blantyre and Lilongwe in the inaugural Easter Theatre Festival at Blantyre Cultural Centre and Lilongwe Old Town Hall respectively. The festival brought together acts from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The menu cut through plays, stand-up comedy,…

Aflatoxin giving headache to farmers, threatens export market

Aflatoxin, a naturally occurring mycotoxins that are produced by aspergillus flavus and aspergillus parasiticus, a species of fungi, that usually attacks groundnuts, is a big concern for people of Traditional Authority (T/A) Mkanda in Mchinji. The fungi that produce aflatoxin grow on crops, particularly groundnuts, wheat, maize, beans and rice. Last year, sporadic attacks of…

Towards girls’ inclusion in sciences

Last month, science and mathematics teachers had a refresher course at Mzimba Secondary School to bolster their skills. Although government had envisaged the in-service exercise giving the teaching personnel with efficient ways of doing things, some teachers were overheard clamouring for content as basic as why oil and water will never mix. The knowledge gap…

Muted resilience of an unbanked majority

The mushrooming of village savings and lending groups is more than just a reminder of how formal banking sidelines the hard-to-reach Malawian who needs it most. In the findings of Finscope, a US-based economic think-tank with antennas across the globe, only one in five people in Malawi has access to banks and other financial services.…

Can Ministry of Education’s bold move  help return LDF to original design?

They are there—the skeletons of a failed project parachuted into a community from Capital Hill without the involvement of either the district council or beneficiaries. Under the weight and cloud of alleged corruption, the contractor hired by the Ministry of Education abandoned the project—a classroom block—before it was even roofed. The community just watched. They…