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PLAN INTERNATIONAL HAILS MALAWI FOR PROMOTING GIRLS RIGHTS

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Plan International has expressively stated that it is delighted with Malawi efforts in gender transformative programmes which is promoting the rights of children, especially girls.

Chief Executive Officer for Plan International Ann-Birgitte Albrectsen explained that her organization is proud and happy to be associated with Malawi’s chiefs because “your work enables us to touch the behavior and norms, the patriarchy, the systems, the things that really hold the girls back. Malawi.”

Albrectsen made the remarks at a bilateral meeting with Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Cecilia Chazama on the sidelines of the 63rd Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York, United States of America on Wednesday.

MALAWI’s SOCIAL PROTECTION PROGRAMMES INSPIRE DELEGATES AT UN

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Delegates to the 63rd Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) in New York, USA at the UN Headquarters have hailed Malawi’s social protection programmes credited for the improved livelihoods of targeted vulnerable population.

The delegates from various countries such as Kenya, Zambia, Senegal, Cameroon, Nigeria, Mozambique and the Gambia commended Malawi during a side event titled Social Protection and the Empowerment of Rural Women and Girls: Access to Education, Health and Social Services which was organised by Malawi to showcase the efforts that the country is making through social protection in the empowerment of rural women and girls. At least 86 percent of the people of Malawi live.

MALAWI’S TOP PERFOMER ON GENDER REFORMS-WORLD BANK

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The World Bank has singled out Malawi as a top performer in gender equality as revealed by the 2019 World Bank Group’s Women, Business and the Law: A Decade of Reform which examined 187 economies around the world over the last ten years.

Malawi has been recognized for passing laws that ban sexual harassment in the workplace in 2014. At least 35 countries banned sexual harassment at work place between 2010 and 2018. Eight countries in Africa banned sexual harassment at work place.

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.

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.