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Charles Pensulo

Malawian protesters demand tougher penalties for rape

Nov 16 2020

BLANTYRE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Hundreds of Malawians took to the streets on Monday to demand tougher rape penalties following months of protests over sexual abuse in the country, including a high-profile case involving the head of the public broadcaster.

Dreams dashed: Malawi migrants return empty-handed from South Africa

Oct 19 2020

BLANTYRE (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Siphat Simali imagined that when she finally got back to Malawi she would return with pride and enough earnings from South Africa to support her two children and start a small business.

FEATURE-Dreams dashed: Malawi migrants return empty-handed from S. Africa

Oct 16 2020

BLANTYRE, Oct 16 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Siphat Simali imagined that when she finally got back to Malawi she would return with pride and enough earnings from South Africa to support her two children and start a small business.

FEATURE-'Corona carriers': Stigma halts medication and meet-ups for HIV+ Malawians

Oct 12 2020

BLANTYRE, Malawi, Oct 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - M alawian student Kondwani has fought against the stigma of being HIV-positive for most of his life, but COVID-19 has reignited old prejudices and given rise to a new term of abuse - "corona carrier".

Proposal to ease Malawi's strict abortion laws faces religious opposition

Sep 30 2020

BLANTYRE, Sept 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Lawmakers in Malawi are preparing to debate a bill that would ease the country's tight restrictions on abortion, but they face stiff resistance from powerful religious groups.

Malawi traditional leader orders chiefs to dissolve lockdown child marriages

Aug 26 2020

BLANTYRE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A senior traditional leader in Malawi has ordered village chiefs to dissolve all the child marriages that took place during the country's coronavirus lockdown so girls can return to classes when schools start reopening next month.

Coronavirus banishes female inmates to far-flung jails in Malawi

Aug 17 2020

BLANTYRE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi is transferring female prisoners to remote jails in a bid to slow the pandemic, but human rights groups say the move could instead spread the coronavirus and damage the women's welfare.

Malawi's new female cabinet ministers vow to push for jobs for women

Jul 09 2020

BLANTYRE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi's newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed women to a record 12 of 31 cabinet positions, with the new female leaders vowing to use their roles to help other women.

Buzz off: Malawi communities scare away loggers with beehives

Mar 10 2020

NKHATA BAY, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Bonster Kabaghe was fresh out of secondary school when he witnessed how a denuded piece of land turned green after beehives were introduced on cotton farms near where he was living with his uncle in Malawi's tobacco-growing district of Ntchisi.

Malawi court suspends wearing of wigs and gowns as temperatures soar

Nov 01 2019

BLANTYRE, Malawi (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Malawi's constitutional court has suspended its requirement that lawyers and judges wear traditional white wigs and black robes in the courtroom as an early season heatwave sweeps the southern African nation.

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