Women Inspire advancing girls’ lives

Women Inspire Foundation, a growing female community aimed at helping women and girls realise their full potential held its first graduation of a programme called Msungwana wa Lero. “We launched the programme with girls from Chief Makata’s area in Ndirande, Blantyre in January 2017. Since then our volunteers, who were specially trained for the job,…

Farmers to benefit from SFFRFM, Medf partnership

Farmers across the country stand to boost their output, courtesy of a partnership between Malawi Enterprise Development Fund (Medf) and Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi (SFFRFM) in the supply of farm inputs. Speaking at the signing ceremony of the agreement on Monday, SFFRFM chief executive officer (CEO) Andy Kalinde noted that business in…

High tea party raises K7 million

With the message that it is possible to have fun, spoil ourselves but at the same time help others, Women of Substance (WOS), has raised K7 million through a tea party, which will go towards assisting Kachere Rehabilitation Centre in Blantyre. WOS, a group of women friends formed in 2010 to deepen their friendship and…

Yolanda Ndala-Kaunda and Lusekelo Mwenifumbo

Malawi Shipping Company’s only active female Captain Chipiliro Mponda; Bio-statistician and lecturer at Chancellor College, Halima Twabi and also Malawian Airlines’ Captain Yolanda Ndala-Kaunda and first officer Lusekelo Mwenifumbo shared their stories with girls attending the Women in Science (WiSci) Girls Steam [Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Design, and Mathematics] Camp on Monday. Every Woman…

Tamiwe Tomoka – Lead pathologist UNC-Mw cancer consortium

Tamiwe Tomoka is the lead pathologist for University of North Carolina (UNC)-Malawi Cancer Consortium providing diagnostic services for cancer to Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) and other hospitals both public and private in the north and central regions of Malawi. She also renders pathology support to different research activities with interest in cancer at UNC-Malawi Project.…

WLA advocates revised HIV/Aids Bill

Women Lawyers Association (WLA) has developed a gender analysis to shine a light on the harmful implications of some of the provisions in the HIV and Aids Prevention and Management Bill of 2017 currently being tabled in parliament. The women lawyers note that in its current format, the Bill is paternalistic, positing women as both…

Vera Kamtukule: New CEO for the Malawi Scotland Partnership

Newly appointed Malawi Scotland Partnership (MaSP) chief executive officer Vera Kamtukule says she will advance the development of vulnerable, isolated and impoverished communities in the country. Kamtukule plans to achieve this by strengthening existing and new civil society links with Scotland through advocacy, capacity building and coordination of effort. “By drawing on the energies of…

‘No more special needs schools’

Children with disabilities face a myriad of challenges. For nine-year-old Roselyn, the troubles began when she was born. It was hard for her mother to come to terms with the fact that the child she had carried for nine months had a disability. The mother was shocked, anxious, afraid, desperate and in denial. She hoped…

Inspired by women to lose weight

Fat shaming is common among peers, siblings, parents and partners among others. For some people it brings about positive results as they are inspired to do something about their weight. It did for 36-year-old Mac Zakulanda. “I started exercising because of my wife Gertrude. She always mocked me of being lazy and idle; just eating,…

Raging battle against child labour

One of local organisations championing the rights of children in the country, Eye of the Child, has called on people that procure services from children to stop, as a way of reducing cases of child labour.  Eye of the Child executive director Maxwell Matewere noted that with reduced procurement of services from children, the situation…

Workplace manners

What makes human beings different from animals is simply etiquette. Etiquette makes people cultured individuals who influence their world positively and leave marks on the sand of time. Everyone wants to associate with a person who does not know how to relate well in society. When our behaviour in public is questionable, then we are…

Women gang up  for unity in business

Over 40 exhibitors came together at the Glamorous Ladies Ministry’s (GLM) business fair in Blantyre recently to showcase clothes, beauty products, herbal medicine, bedroom accessories, wedding decor items, handbags and kitchenware. Patrons also had their fair share of fun through make-overs and photo sessions. “Our aim was for women to interact and get to know…

Rescued from social ills for their betterment

With numbers of teenage pregnancies dropping; forced and child marriages drastically reduced; and 108 women between the ages of 16-35 rescued from gender-based violence (GBV), one can only assume that communities in Machinga are headed for better days. All this has come about with interventions from Youth Response for Social Change (YRSC) in the areas…

Girls’ leadership lessons from the US

One morning, 16-year-old Tawina Chaposa and four other girls boarded a plane at Kamuzu International Airport to the United States (US) for three weeks under the Pan-African Youth Leadership Programme (PAYLP). Having returned from what she called a successful trip, Tawina, a student at Mulunguzi Secondary School in Zomba, says it was one educative and…