Towera nyirenda: the crown of three sports

Many families have contributed so much to the joys, freedoms and successes of this country. Many more continue to fly high Malawi’s flag in the international arena. The victories wouldn’t be complete in sports, especially without highlighting Malawi’s own Towera Vinkhumbo-Nyirenda, the 31-year-old unwavering defender, whose skills have been a rock for the national netball…

Martina mchenga: winner of overseas development institute fellowship

Twenty-nine-year old economics and statistics PhD student Martina Mchenga is the winner of this year’s Overseas Development Institute (ODI) international fellowship. Excited at the opportunity, Martina, states that ODI fellowship is a great opportunity for her to use technical and research skills she has gained over the years. Winners receive a two-year employment tenure in…

Women’s manifesto takes duty bearers to task

The Women’s Manifesto was launched on Thursday by women and gender players with pertinent issues that have been neglected by duty-bearers for long time. The manifesto carries priority areas affecting women such as education, health, agriculture as well governance and leadership. It also tackles women’s access to justice, social, religious and cultural issues; women’s access…

Stella Gama: bridging the gender gap in climate

 Women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from impacts of climate change in situations of poverty, and the majority of the world’s poor are women. Yet their unequal participation in decision-making processes and labour markets increase inequalities and often prevents women from fully contributing to climate-related planning, policy-making and implementation. Stella Gama is one…

Joyce Evercie Banda: Entrepreneurship for survival and empowerment

While most people depend on their jobs to sustain themselves, Joyce Evercie Banda decided she would follow her heart in entrepreneurship. Banda, 39, is the founder and director of Wijays Enterprises—a soap and detergents producer; Corporate Partnerships—a company that offers office cleaning, landscaping and interior designing. She also grows herbs and vegetables. Wijays made the…

Women candidates in NGO bootcamp

Churches Action in Relief and Development (Card) yesterday began a three-day bootcamp in Mulanje for 42 female aspirants. Card executive director Melton Luhanga said the bootcamp seeks to enhance participants’ interaction and sharing of skills on how to develop their constituencies to competitively participate in the May 21 Tripartite Elections. He said: “Many women are…

Oxfam supports sitting female MPs

Oxfam on Friday drummed up support for female legislator and First Deputy Speaker of Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje. Speaking at the event at Chinyanje Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mlolo’s area in Nsanje North Constituency, Oxfam country director John Makina said the aim of rallying voters behind Chilenje was a bid to retain the…

‘Parents should take up sex education’

While a booming 17.4 million population figure already scares the few resources Malawi has, sex education remains inadequate. Meanwhile, adolescent girls and boys—with new features appearing on their bodies such as facial hair deep voices, breasts and pimples—grow up experimenting with their ravaging emotions. Marriage counsellor Inkosi Chimalizeni says that pregnancies are contributing to the…

Most people don’t realise, but they mourn their lack of achievement because they cannot tell the difference between a dream and wishful thinking. Temwa Chirembo, 22, tells a different story. She says a dream is what you do. She is co-founder of Ukani Malawi, a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) whose focus is on girl empowerment…