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STEKA CHILD CARE CENTRE TO EMPLOY ITS GRADUATES

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As a wrap to her familiarization tour, the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Honorable Cecilia Chazama MP visited STEKA Child Care Centre where she applauded the commendable work STEKA is doing in providing psycho-social therapy, education, accommodation, clothing and food to children.

Step Kids Awareness (STEKA) is a child care Centre run as a family located in Blantyre to provide parental care and love to needy and underprivileged children and youths.  So far STEKA has managed to send some of its children for tertiary education and wishes to employ their graduates once they have been re-integrated to work at STEKA Vocational and Technical College which is under construction.

The Minister also recognized Golden Peacock Sagecoa hotel for donating items amounting to 2 million kwacha as Christmas gifts in form of beddings, food, stationery, play materials, and cleaning materials as these materials will assist in the advancement of the country at large.

“I would like to assure Malawians that Government is working very hard to support vulnerable children in the country. Government has enacted various legal frameworks and thus created an enabling environment for children to flourish, ” said Chazama.

 

MULANJE SCTP BENEFICIARIES START FARMING

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Gundani Chenjani of Songwe Village TA Mabuka in Mulanje District has managed to transform his life from abject poverty. He is one of the beneficiaries of the Social Cash Transfer Programme (SCTP) also known as Mtukula Pakhomo from Naphini cluster who has managed to transform his life by quadrupling his earnings from  two thousand kwacha a day. He has also managed to move his family from  a grass thatched house to one with iron-sheets. Chenjani is proud to say that he is now able to provide for his family.

Chenjani is one of the members of the Naphini Village Cluster who have improved their lives by growing tea and pineapples with the money they receive though the SCTP.

MINISTER ENGAGES FEMALE ASPIRANTS AND VISITS MULANJE SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND

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As a continuation of her familiarisation tour, the Minister of Gender, Children Disability and Social Welfare Honorable Cecilia Chazama engaged female aspirants in the 2019 tripartite elections in Thyolo under the 50-50 Campaign.

During the meeting the Minister instructed 50-50 Campaign Management Agency to focus on changing the attitudes that women have towards politics, capacity building so that the female aspirants improve their public engagement skills and win the fight against violence against women in politics.

NEW MINISTER EMBARKS ON FAMILIARISATION TOUR

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The new Minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama MP embarked on a familiarization tour of the Ministry’s various programmes and projects from 18th-20th December 2018 in Blantyre and Mulanje.

The Minister started her tour with a visit to the Child Justice Court in Blantyre. Speaking at the court the Minister highlighted how the Government, through the Ministry is committed to the protection of vulnerable children in Malawi through provision of various services including justice for all.

MINISTRY SHEDS MORE LIGHT NATIONAL COMMISSION FOR CHILDREN’S BILL

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The Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has argued that creating the National Commission for Children is not necessary because the commission is a duplication of structures and may lead to inefficient utilization of resources

Speaking during a press briefing held at Capitol Hill the Minister responsible Cecilia Chazama said that the Commission will further require funding from Government even though it has no mandate to implement services.

MALAWI LAUNCHES BARBERSHOP TOOL-BOX- LAUNCHED

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The Minister of Gender, Children, Disabilty and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama launched the Barbershop Tool-box on Friday 30th November, 2018 at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe.

The Tool Box is an initiative aimed at creating dialogue in male spaces such as beer halls, religious places and political arenas. The spaces have the power to stop negative social norms and practices that undermine the rights of women and girls.

“The Barbershop Toolbox is a transformative innovation on how best men can act to influence positive change in the promotion of gender equality and women empowerment which aims at changing the narrative by making men the agents of change and defenders of women’s rights. The relevance of launching the barbershop toolbox within the 16 days of activism against gender based violence is that HEForSHE champions can also reflect on the roles in implementing violence against women and girls.” Said the Minister.

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM LAUNCHED ALONG SIDE NDIULULA CAMPAIGN

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The period from 25th November to 10th December is iconic to all people worldwide every year as it is a time of reflection and renewed commitment in the fight against gender based violence (GBV) and Malawi as a nation is never left out in this good fight.

 

During the launch of this year’s 16 days of activism against GBV which took place on 23rd November at College of Medicine in Blantyre, the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama was quick to come to an allusion that gender based violence is counterproductive and retrogressive to the development of any country. She called on Malawians to join hands in the fight against Gender Based Violence particularly in the work places and tertiary institutions.