Breast cancer on the rise in Malawi

As the world unites for breast cancer awareness this month, Malawi, too, shares its troubles concerning the disease. Dr Briony Acroyed-Parken, a breast cancer surgeon from the United Kingdom says Malawi’s biggest challenge is the lack of a coordinated breast care service. “We are seeing probably about a hundred or so new cases each in…

Bankers initiate  girls into the sector

As the world commemorated the International Day of the Girl (IDG) on Wednesday, Standard Bank employees hosted school girls to inspire them. Girls from the three regions of the country registered for the special occasion of walking the Standard Bank corridors and learning from its employees. Blantyre based Elizabeth Matiki, a Standard Seven pupil at…

Media women taste maternity woes

Getting into the maternity ward at Chilomoni Health Centre in Blantyre last week, her attention was drawn to a woman close to the entrance. Under the mosquito net, the woman, loosely covering her body with a wrapper, tossed and turned in her bed. She could care less about the strangers that had just invaded her…

‘Bring a girl child to work’

As way of helping the Malawian girl realise her dreams, Standard Bank has set aside Wednesday October 11 as the Bring a Girl Child to Work day. This initiative, according to the bank’s head of marketing and communications, Thokozani Unyolo is to inspire and give girls an opportunity to experience a day at a work…

Does it matter how  a woman dresses?

Miuccia Prada, the lead creative director of Italian handbag and fashion label Prada once said: “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick.” With people arguing that a woman’s respect begins from the way she dresses and that those who dress less cannot be…

Lilly Alfonso: Founder of Lilly Alfonso fashion and design company

A wide range of products made in Africa are making an impression with buyers from different corners of the world like never before. Africa’s entrepreneurs, including women are proving to be confident brand builders competently connecting with consumers in global markets. Local fashion designer, Lilly Alfonso was recently among the inspiring African women brand builders…

Reconsider us in 2019—female MPs

In their drive to retain female parliamentarians, members of the Women Caucus of Parliament are sensitising Malawians to the significance of having female representatives in their constituencies. They are visiting constituencies held by female parliamentarians to boost their retention come 2019. Chairperson for the Women Caucus of Parliament Jessie Kabwila argues that they were instrumental…

Ethlet Miscot: Founder of What’s-Up Gesu

In August 2015, 45-year-old Ethlet Frazer Miscot founded What’s-Up Gesu, a world-wide women’s ministry designed to embrace, educate and empower women by raising what she terms a ‘Woman with a difference’. The mother of three founded this ministry based on her own personal experiences and life challenges. “I experienced double loss in 2012. I got…

Icam invests K1.4bn in  office complex project

    The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Malawi (Icam) has unveiled its $2 million (K1.4 billion) office complext construction project comprising business centre and offices for rent. The three-storey building in Mandala along the Masauko Chipembere Highway in Blantyre to be built by City Building Contractors, is estimated to be completed in one year…

Women’s conference for sprituality

Owing to the Appointed, Anointed and Accomplished Woman, a women’s conference organised annually by Blossom Africa Trust, Mervis Maliketi testifies of the goodness of the Lord. She has been attending the women’s conferences since 2006 and she talks of how the first one impacted her life to the extent that she has been attending the…

Giving women their deserved respect

Maria is a young professional holding a management position in one of the local banks. A young woman under 30, she claims she does not get the respect she deserves from her subordinates and colleagues and wonders if other women in high positions get similar treatment. Gender stereotyping is not unique to Malawi. Former United…

First Lady to boost girls’ education

First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has underscored the importance of girls education as key to lessening myriad challenges, such as poverty and unemployment, among women. It is against this background that the First Lady has embarked on various initiatives, such as the September 2 Buy Malawi Fashion Show and luncheon at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, to…