Malawi Recommended in AU Compendium as Exemplary in Ending Child Marriages

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Malawi has been recommended as exemplary in ending child marriages in the recent African Union (AU) Compendium of Marriage Laws. The recommendation was made at the just ended 4th African Union (AU) High Level Panel on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

In the compendium, Malawi is listed among the eighteen countries in Africa who have signed new laws; conducted marriage law reforms; and are proposing new laws putting the minimum age for marriage at 18 years and above for boys and girls.

The Secretary for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Dr. Esmie Kainja who represented the Minister at the conference said that the Malawi Constitution Amendment that has harmonised the minimum age of marriage to 18 was key in the fight against child marriages.

The meeting which was held under the theme “Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through investment in the Youth: Empowering Young Women and Girls,” highlighted the need to eliminate child marriages as one way to achieve the demographic dividend.


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Malawi has commemorated the 2017 Day of the African child amid calls for partnership to end violence against children.

Speaking during a Press Briefing held at the Central Office of Information I Lilongwe, Minister responsible Jean Kalilani said that there is need for concerted efforts to end the abuse that children face in the in their daily lives.

“It is not a secret that child abuse and exploitation issues are becoming rampant in our communities. Looking at the magnitude of child abuse cases happening in this country, it is clear that we need to do something about it so that all children are protected and develop into useful citizens who will develop our country.


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Malawi Government has assured people with albinism in the country that it will work tirelessly to ensure that they are included in the development agenda.

The remarks were made by Minister responsible for Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare Jean Kalilani, during the 2017 commemoration of IAAD at Nkolimbo Ground in Ntcheu.

 “The Government, through my Ministry, in collaboration with the Association of Persons with Albinism in Malawi (APAM), will strengthen the mainstreaming of persons with Albinism in all sectors of the economy.  My Ministry is committed to improve the welfare and peace of persons with albinism in Malawi at all the levels,” she said.


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Malawi will join the international community to commemorate the International Albinism Awareness Day (IAAD) at Nkolimbo Ground in Ntcheu.

Announcing the commemorationa at a press conference at the Central Office of Information, the Minister responsible, Jean Kalilani said, “I would like to inform the nation that Malawi will, once again, join the rest of the world in commemorating the 2017 International Albinism Awareness Day whose theme is: “Advancing with Renewed Hope,” which has been translated “Kupita Patsogolo ndi Chiyembekezo Chatsopano.


Lessons from the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

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The Planning Directorate in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare is pleased to announce that Mr. Ahmad Mmadi, an Economist, was among the 11 out of 2000 Malawian applicants who were selected to attend the training at YALI Southern Africa Regional Leadership Centre hosted by the University of South Africa in Pretoria, Republic of South Africa. 

The training was delivered in three tracks including Public Management and Governance, Civic Leadership and Business and entrepreneurship tracks. The Economist had intense 4 weeks of training at UNISA. Below are some of the highlights of Mr. Mmadi’s training.


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Lilongwe: 25th November 2016

Hon Kalilani launching the National Plan of Action to Combat GBVThe Minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Jean Kalilani has called upon Malawians to eliminate gender based violence (GBV) in homes and communities as this where GBV frequently occurs. The Minister was speaking during the launch of the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence Campaign at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe.

The campaign whose theme is “From Peace in the Home to Peace in the Community: Make Education Safe for All,” aims at eliminating violence in educational institutions to enable all Malawians to access education, and to get qualifications in order to promote the development agenda.


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The minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Jean Kalilani on Saturday launched the National Policy for Older Persons and the Study Report on Feasibility of Universal Old Age Pension in Malawi during the 2016 International Day for Older Persons commemoration which was held at Mponela II Primary School Ground in Dowa.

Speaking during the launch, Kalilani said the 2016 commemoration was exciting and historic because of the two launches.

The Policy’s objectives are, to promote and protect rights of older people, promote household food security and nutrition, intergenerational transfer of knowledge, and promote research, education and training on ageing issues increase access to shelter, lobby for an increase in access to health and sanitation, and encourage families and communities to take a leading role in caring for the elderly.