Activists say 50:50 representation attainable

  Proponents of the 50:50 Campaign are confident that the number of women in politics, notably in Parliament and local government councils, will rise after the May 2019 Tripartite Elections. Several factors have been highlighted as contributing to low numbers of women in Parliament and local government councils. They include stereo-types and an entrenched culture…

Local women join the  Commonwealth business pool

Commonwealth Business Women (Malawi Chapter) recently brought together about 100 women in business and various organisations that support businesswomen to champion the cause of women entrepreneurship. The event was organised by the Department for International Development (DfID), Dzuka Africa, Belle Afrique and Mzuzu Entrepreneurs Hub as partners, and was hosted at the British High Commissioner’s…

Ruth Chirwa: Propagates retaining girls in school

Despite falling pregnant and getting married at the age of 18, Ruth Kalinga-Chirwa still managed to attain higher academic and professional qualifications. She is now a champion of keeping girls in school through her reusable sanitary project. As an environmentalist, the 42-year-old has come up with the re-usable sanitary pad initiative to curb toilet blockage…

Dating and testing for HIV

Condoms are a significant factor for the prevention of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They are also effective for preventing unintended pregnancies. In a recent social media debate, ‘on why couples do not test for HIV first before engaging in unprotected sex’, most people wondered why couples assume that if they date for…

Cancer war wages on

Women Coalition Against Cancer (Wocaca) has commended government and its stakeholders on efforts to fight cancer. Wocaca executive director Maud Mwakasungula said this last Saturday when she opened a three-day girls’ camp. The camp was organised by Chilomoni Foundation for Education and Development (Cfed) at the John Paul II Leadership and IT Institute at Chilomoni…

Miss independent and marriage

In the modern world, women are getting more successful, accomplished and self-sufficient. However, the reality is that some men still shy away from accomplished women, forcing some women in turn to hide that they can afford the finer things in life. The pattern of relationships and marriages in society has for a long time shown…

The positivity to young motherhood

Their experiences are similar. They are all teenage mothers. They dropped out of school after falling pregnant, got married and dumped by their youthful husbands before they went back to school. Now they are on mission to save young girls from taking their initial doomed path. Through their experiences, Martha Misoya, Dorothy Joseph, Felista Jani…

Girls to learn from ‘big sisters’

As they transition into adult-hood, girls often face challenges that affect the way they see themselves and the world at large. Cases of early pregnancies for instance, come about as young girls explore their physical bodies. There are other challenges that girls face that stem from self esteem, personal identity, questions about career choices and…

Maggie Banda: Wolrec founder and director

Born on 15 March 1975 in Mulanje, the advent of Maggie Kathewera-Banda’s work in women’s rights advocacy can be traced back to her days of working with Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA). Now founder and executive director of Women’s Legal Resource Centre (Wolrec), a women’s rights non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Blantyre, Maggie…

Bank campaign for  reducing HIV infections

As the world commemorated the International Women’s Day on March 8, Standard Bank Malawi stepped up its efforts in empowering women by incorporating the HIV Epidemic Response (HER) campaign for women and girls. The bank’s head of marketing and communications Thoko Unyolo said this is part of the bank’s contribution to highlight the critical need…