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MALAWI TO HOLD FIRST EVER WOMEN’S ASSEMBLY

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The Women’s Movement Manifesto (WOMAN) will host Malawi’s first ever Women’s Assembly at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Monday 5th of November 2018.

Speaking during a press conference organised by the Movement at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe, Principal Secretary in Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Esmie Kainja said that the Women’s Assembly is a platform where women from all walks of life will be united by their common opportunities and challenges in order to shape the future of women in Malawi. She said the assembly resonates well with Government agenda of promoting the rights of women in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SADC and AU protocols on gender among others.

UNIFIED BENEFICIARY REGISTRATION (UBR) TRAINING COMMENCES IN CHITIPA

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Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development in conjunction with the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has started conducting Unified Beneficiary Registration (UBR) training in Chitipa.

The UBR training aims to equip the National Training Team (NTT), District Training Team (DTT), and District Social Support Committee (DSSC) with skills on how to conduct the whole registration process. The process of data collection for the UBR database  is done through DTT training sessions supervised by the NTT, while DTT closely supervises household interviews conducted by Data Collection Team (Enumerators).

TWO WOMEN BEAR TRIPPLETS AT DOWA DISTRICT HOSPITAL

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The Secretary for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Esmie Kainja visited two women who both gave birth to two sets of triplets at Dowa District Hospital.

The two women namely Georgina Haward whose children are all alright and Catherine Saukira who lost two of the children gave birth to the triplets at the hospital on 25 September 2018. The women received assorted items such as; beddings, buckets, basins and money amounting to k50, 000 each.

TRAINER OF TRAINERS WORKSHOP ON INSPIRE STRATEGIES OPENS

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Min Gender PS, UNICEF Representative with Train of Trainers on combat violence against childrenThe Principal Secretary of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare,  Esmie Kainja has said that training of officers in strategies to combat violence against children is crucial. She made the remarks during the opening of the Trainer of Trainers (TOT) workshop on INSPIRE Strategies at Lilongwe Hotel.

In her remarks she explained that the training has come at an opportune time as Malawi is grappling with the problem of violence against women and children.

MEDIA PERSONNEL SENSITISED ON GENDER RELATED LAWS

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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.