‘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…

Never too young to take on the world

While most young people feel entrepreneurial ideas are hard to find, 23-year-old Rejoice Namale and 21-year-old Tapiwa Chigumula indicate otherwise. The duo co-founded Grow and Glow Events, a management company that taps into the need for social capital through organising upscale, elegant, but affordable corporate and non-corporate events for both women and men in Blantyre.…

Genet urges targeted girls development programmes

Girls Empowerment Network (Genet) programme adviser Takondwa Kaliwo says development plans need to be specific to girls’ needs. Kaliwo said this onSaturday during a meeting between Genet girl leaders with aspiring councillorsand members of Parliament at Dindi Primary School in Traditional AuthorityChiwalo’s area in Phalombe. “We have realised that most development plans are not specific…

Minister hails women empowerment campaign

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Cecilia Chazama says ignorance of laws that protect women is fueling gender-based violence (GBV). She was speaking on Friday during Oxfam’s 50-50 Elect Her and Ending Violence Against Women and Girls (Evawg) campaigns in her constituency in Lunzu, Blantyre where she presided over a bicycle distribution ceremony.…

Hellen Chindunduli: Aspiring councillor

Hellen Chindunduli says waste disposal is the biggest challenge she wants solved at Limbe Market. She is aspiring councillor for Limbe Central Ward in Blantyre City East Constituency. “There are many challenges we are facing as a community such as poor environmental conditions at Limbe Market and depot. We need good places for waste disposal…