Government to increase number of social cash transfer beneficiaries

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Jean Sendeza has disclosed that Government intends to increase the number of beneficiaries

Ministry of Gender launches National Male Engagement Strategy

The Ministry of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare has formulated a National Male Engagement Strategy which has been launched on Wednesday in Lilongwe.

Minister calls for inclusion of women in Innovation and Technology

Minister of Gender, has stressed the need to incorporate women and girls in innovation and technology

Minister hails Social Cash Transfer Programme

Minister of Gender, hailed the German government for the support it renders to Malawi through the Social Cash Transfer Programme

Minister of Gender condemns attacks on the elderly

Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Honourable Jean Sendeza, MP on Thursday condemned the increased attacks on the elderly in the country.

Sendeza (right) being briefed by NGORA

The Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare, Honourable Jean Sendeza has called for a vibrant Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) sector

Early childhood development program

Provide the nation with integrated early childhood development programs and oversees the coordination of primary child protection services.

Promotes gender equality and safeguards the welfare

The department ensures that gender is mainstreamed in all sectors and is a focal point for all issues concerning gender and women empowerment.

Literacy key to Sustainable Development

Mangochi District Council graduates 2,417 learners from adult Literacy classes

Coordination of the national response on ending child Marriages

The country’s child marriage and adolescent birth rates are among the highest in the world. Over 10 per cent of girls are married by the age of 15 and a full 50 per cent by the age of 18, with 35 per cent of girls giving birth by the age of 18. These trends are even more pronounced in rural areas, with early marriage and adolescent fertility occurring at much higher rates, and highly correlated with low levels of education and wealth. The rate of child marriage in Malawi is currently at 42 percent which is higher than the average of Southern Africa Region.

Dynamics of age and gender inequality make it more difficult for younger women to negotiate safe sex. Among girls 15-19 years old in Malawi, 8 per cent are married or in union to a man who is 10 or more years older. The Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act was passed in Malawi in 2015, raising the age of marriage to 18 years old, however, lack of birth registration and a long tradition of child marriage may make this difficult to enforce.

Currently the department in collaboration with partners is implementing a campaign to end child marriage. Other strategies being implemented include the development of guidelines for formulating by-laws on ending child marriage. The department intends to finish and start dissemination of the guidelines by January 2019. The guidelines will help district councils and chiefs in the formulation of by-laws to end child marriage.

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