Rose Sakala: Student with a heart for others

She is a student with many talents—a public speaker, a preacher, an advocate, an up and coming script writer and photographer. Rose Sakala is an entrepreneur with a strong passion in youth development evidenced by her founding of Luanar Students Entrepreneurship Lead Initiative (Luseli). She talked to Rachel Kachali about her studies and her talents…

Why do men monopolise political positions?

Since democracy, government and development partners have been campaigning for women empowerment and leadership in social, economic and political development. We have heard and witnessed various campaigns and projects with a sore focus on women empowerment and leadership. But two decades later, Malawi is still bemoaning women’s poor participation as few women still hold important…

Should sex be an object?

There are many reasons people engage in sexual activities. While a lot of people have sex with their partners because they are into it, others feel obligated for fear of losing their relationships. Yet, others use sex to entice or lure others to submit to their will. We hear stories about people who have allegedly…

CHISOMO CHALEMERA: DFID REGIONAL COMMERCIAL ADVISER

She is an adviser and a public speaker on gender and development seminars. She is also a career advancement adviser who is passionate about women empowerment and leadership. A quantity surveyor and a chartered member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)— a male-dominated profession—Chimwemwe Chalemera works as a regional commercial adviser for Malawi,…

Pope acknowledges Malawi Church’s support

  World head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has expressed appreciation to the Catholic faithful in Malawi for contributing K12 866 309 in 2014 to support the needy in the world. The contribution has been made to the Pontifical Mission Societies’ (PMS) Universal Solidarity Fund. Speaking on behalf of the Pope at a meeting…

Family or career first for women?

Grace Chisi (not real name) works as an accountant. At 4:30 am, she wakes up to prepare breakfast for her three school-going children and working husband. She leaves for office at about 7 am and knocks off at 5 pm every weekday to return home and prepare more food for her family. With her experience,…

Last year, 127 women and three men from Lilongwe were awarded certificates after undergoing adult literacy classes. The classes were conducted by the Lilongwe City Council under the Informal Settlement Upgraded Programme. But few men compared to women attend adult literacy classes in the country and other developing countries, especially in rural communities. According to…

Lilongwe YCW enrolls new members

At least 30 youths were on Sunday welcomed into the Lilongwe chapter of Young Christian Workers (YCW), a Catholic youth movement present in over 50 countries across the world working for the benefit of the society through evangelism and active participation in development activities. The ceremony took place at Kagwa Woyera Parish in Area 49…

CSO, media meet to promote consumer rights

  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) yesterday organised a day-long workshop in Blantyre where civil society leaders and media representatives met to promote consumer rights. The participants were expected to discuss the role of the civil society in consumer protection, involvement of the media and civil society in information, communication and technology (ICT) and the…

CMST needs K40 bn to run

  The Central Medical Stores Trust (CMST) has said it needs K40 billion (US$88.9 million) annually to adequately perform all its functions. CMST board chairperson Evelyn Itimu said this in Lilongwe at the trust’s first annual general meeting (AGM) which was held at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) yesterday. She said the trust continues to…

Is adultery ground for divorce?

  Despite declaring marriage vows which include “till death do us apart”, despite hopes and dreams at the beginning of a marriage, sometimes couples find it hard to continue living together. According to section 61 of the new Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act passed in February this year, the court may grant a verdict…

Big Interview: Gertrude Chipungu

She is the co-founder of Cresta Ladies, a grouping of women in Lilongwe which saves money for loans in an effort to uplift their lives. She also supports women and girls through her gender and development talks; and reaches out to students in need of financial support. EW spoke with her May I know you?…