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Journalists from across the country were on Wednesday 4th July 2018 sensitised on gender-related laws and electoral gender based violence in the country.

Speaking during the opening of the ceremony; Director of Administration in the Ministry, MacCullum Sibande said that the media has an important role to play in strengthening social and economic development of the country. Among the roles; the media reports on current events, interpret the news, mobilise citizens for various causes and also contributes to national identity.


COMESA launches the 50 Million African Women Speak Project in Malawi

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COMESA successfully launched the 50 Million African Women Speak (50MWS) project, a women economic empowerment initiative, in Malawi following the engagement of stakeholders in Lilongwe. Over 30 stakeholders from the Government, Private Sector, NGOs and Women Associations participated in the engagement sessions which were conducted from 12-14 June 2018 in Lilongwe, Malawi.


The 50MWS is a three-year project funded by the African Development Bank, jointly implemented by three regional economic communities (RECs) i.e. COMESA, East African Community (EAC) and the Economic Community for Western African States (ECOWAS) in 36 countries. The objective of the project is to empower women entrepreneurs through providing access to financial and non-financial information relevant to develop and grow business.



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The Minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalilani has said that the Government values the lives of persons with albinism. She made the remarks during the commemoration of the 2018 International Albinism Awareness Day at Mwenilondo Primary School in Karonga where she also launched the National Action Plan on Persons with Albinism.

“My Ministry, together with the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security and the Malawi Police Service are committed and working tirelessly to restore hope and peace to all persons with albinism who are suffering discrimination, exclusion and attacks.  In this time of diversity, no one should suffer violence and injustice due to their appearance. Our country has done a lot to promote and protect human rights, as such persons with albinism must equally enjoy the fruits of these efforts,” she said.

She further said that the National Action Plan will guide the country to address the challenges that people with albinism face.

16 Days of Activism Campaign Against GBV Launched

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Malawi has vowed to punish all perpetrators of Violence against women and girls. The remarks were made by the Minister Jean Kalilani during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence Launch at Police Ground in Mzimba.

You should all be aware that those engaged in acts of violence against women and children shall be punished by the laws of the country,” she said.

Minister calls for inclusive ECD services

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The Minister, Dr. Jean Kalilani has called upon organizations, communities and individuals to deliver quality IECD services to all young children both in the rural and urban areas. The Minister made the remarks during the launch of the 2017 National ECD Awareness Week at Lunzu Primary School Ground in Blantyre.

“Both (urban and rural)areas have children in need of ECD services. In this case, I encourage ECD implementing partners to target hard to reach areas with quality ECD services so that children can have the best start in life.  Let me also urge development partners to invest heavily in ECD to improve delivery of children’s services through trainings, construction of standard ECD infrastructures, provide nutritious meals and stimulation materials to children,” She said.

16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence to be Launched in Mzimba

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The Minister, Jean Kalilani will on Saturday, 25th November 2017, launch the 16 Days of Activism Campaign Against Gender Based Violence at Police Grounds in Mzimba.

Making the announcement at the Central Office of Information in Lilongwe, the Minister said that government is committed to ending gender based violence in the country, and as such the Ministry will work hard to ensure that the goal is met.


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The Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare who has been on tour of the Northern region, visited and commended Lusubilo Community Based Orphan Care programme in Karonga.

The Minister said that she was very happy with the way the Centre was run as it integrated its services with that of the community.

“I am very happy with the way that you take care of the children here. You not only take care of them here, but you ensure that they are integrated with their families and provide support to them right within their hoes. This is very commendable as it is one of the interventions that my ministry promotes,” she said.