L oyce began her breast cancer journey in 2014. She was devastated, scared and numb when she found out. She was 38 and believed she was healthy. Despite all odds, she felt the disease was not going to be chronic. The more she read about it, the less afraid she became. She felt equipped to…

Tendai Banda: Mentoring youths for a better tomorrow

Tendai Banda is the outgoing national co-ordinator of Youth to Youth Empowerment Network, a grouping of young people mentoring other young people to work hard in their secondary school education and maximise their opportunities for a bright future. Although she is no longer coordinating the youth network, she always takes time off her work schedule,…

Is this love or abuse?

When Mary Kalowa, 25, met Graham, she was over the moon. She had waited so long to find a boyfriend after her break up two years before. But soon she would learn this new relationship was a nightmare. Early in their relationship, Graham would constantly check on her. She thought he must really love her…

Geared towards keeping girls in school

Standard Bank and Unicef have partnered in a drive to keep girls in school through a nine months mentorship programme. The bank’s head of marketing Thoko Unyolo says the programme will involve its female employees visiting schools in Dedza, Salima and Mangochi, encouraging them to stay in school up to university. “Current statistics indicate that…

Every day, people around the world are faced with disabilities from different causes. While some are born with disabilities, others are living with disabilities from traffic accidents or illnesses. In a quest to expound on the fight for women’s rights, Spinal Injuries Association of Malawi observes that most resolutions on women in the country are…

Halima Twabi: Passionate about science and girls

Halima Twabi has always loved science as a child. She went on to graduate at Chancellor College with a Bachelor of Science Degree and Master of Science in Biostatistics. However, growing up, she heard people assert that sciences are for men, but she wants to change that mindset. She initiated a programme in September last…

Doing away with malaria

It is nightfall at Chirombo Village, Traditional Authority (T/A) Chigaru in Blantyre North. Sidney Douglas Chibwe is worried. It is that time again when mosquitoes swarm the household, attacking his family. For years, his family has been complaining about malaria. He and his wife used to spend sleepless nights, using their hands to fan mosquitoes…

‘Avoiding mistakes in love’

So you have gone past the initial dating stage and are now in a relationship. The ‘in a relationship’ status can either be the best or the worst part of one’s life depending on how they handle it. These are times when relationship advice may come in handy. One of the biggest problems in relationships…

WIN endeavours to beat glass ceilings in the media

Women in News (WIN) East and Central Africa has helped senior journalists in the African region to progress to greater levels of decision making in their respective media organisations. Coordinator for WIN in East and Central Africa, Dr Tikhala Chibwana says WIN is currently a much sought after programme in Africa which has equipped potential…

‘Women should realise their full potential

Since its inception in 2006, Blossom Africa Trust has been committed to empowering women through motivation, information dissemination and skills training. The organisation was born out of years of experience in counselling and later, life planning seminars for girls and young women nationwide Founder of the trust, June Lutwama, says information gleaned from those experiences…

Roberta Chikakwiya belongs to a group of women who like to mingle with fellow ladies and share notes on business as well as personal issues in Blantyre. Sunbird Hotels’ Ladies’ nights is one event she never misses for such interactions. “Ladies’ nights give me the freedom to mix with fellow ladies. I am able to…

Merry or money making schemes?

Weddings, bridal showers or engagement ceremonies are meant to be celebrations for couples with family members and friends. However, some are turning into extreme fundraisers, much to the annoyance and embarrassment of some patrons. While other patrons look at the going-ons of such functions as drama that characterise them, at these extreme showers or engagement…

Lessons from poverty

Born and raised in Mzuzu alongside her five sisters and one brother, 27-year-old Eleanor Mphwanthe believes she is privileged to have lived and experienced poverty and wellness. She knows what it means to have and lack the necessities of life. Mphwanthe attended three years of primary school at Bumba Primary School in Rumphi before her…

Lusungu the youthful feminist

  She had just gotten out of university… no job! Lusungu Kalanga, aged 20 at the time, began looking for opportunities that led her to volunteerism. Her passion to begun while still in university reading to the blind. Additionally, during the holidays, her church had a programme of volunteering in hospitals and donating various items…

Threading and waxing

Eye brows are one of the biggest things happening in beauty right now; this goes without saying. It is now a common trend to see women shaping their eyebrows. Eye brow shaping tips are all over the social media and the internet, even with video tutorials on how to achieve the best shape. However, for…

Int’l consultant dates Malawi clergy

  He is known across the world for his compelling, challenging and captivating keynotes, and now global leadership and management consultant Alex Ihama is in the country to deliver about 20 lectures to pastors, bishops, politicians, professors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, women and youths. The 2016 series of lectures, which will last four weeks, will be…

 Sawako Nevin: Empowering girls to stay in school

Girls are perceived as inferior, marriage material (brides), weak, unwise and unequal to boys and men in most rural areas of the country as observed by Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) Malawi. Genet states, for instance, that such perceptions and beliefs have escalated violence against girls and women, and fuels adolescent sexual violence, a traditional practice…

Scaling up efforts to educate needy students

Patricia Khomani, an accountant and tax consultant, believes that finances should never be a reason why a child does not go to school. She, however, also understands that in the Malawian setting, it does not always work that way. Many children are unable to go past primary or secondary school levels because their parents cannot…

Should you get your man to propose?

Everyone wants to settle down with a partner and start a family, but is it alright for the woman to fish for a marriage proposal from her man? One response on a social media discussion was against letting women wait forever for the men to be ready for marriage. The respondent was of the opinion…