Malawi

ActionAid implements grassroots integrated long-term development work in 14 districts of Malawi. ActionAid’s work at the community level forms the basis for engaging on national and international issues that cause and perpetuate poverty. Through policy and advocacy work, ActionAid aims to empower poor and excluded people to demand and achieve their basic rights.
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The Coalition of Women living with HIV/AIDS in Malawi (COWLHA) is a grassroots organization based in Lilongwe and active in every district of Malawi. Working with a wide range of partners, COWLHA’s members bring the issues of women living with HIV to the national stage, while providing them with support. Over 50,000 members-strong after two years of operation, COWLHA provides a space for women to meet with leaders, receive microfinance support, and advocate for their needs
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MANERELA+ is a voluntary membership network of religious leaders living with or personally affected by HIV and AIDS in Malawi. Its overall purpose is to reduce stigma, silence, denial, discrimination, inaction and miss-action (SSDDIM) with the faith community through the involvement of Religious Leaders living with or personally affected by HIV/AIDS as agents of change at both congregational and national level. JASS works with MANERELA+ to support women’s organising in Malawi, bringing its large constituency and linkages from the community level to policymaking bodies to bear.
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Malawi Women’s Forum is a broad-based, more than 1200-strong grassroots women’s network that promotes rural women’s economic and political empowerment, access to development resources for livelihoods, literacy, and women’s rights throughout Malawi. JASS partners with several branches of Women’s Forum (Lilongwe Urban, Northern Region) to mobilise women activists.
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Writer, feminist researcher, and market organiser, Dudziro Nhengu (Zimbabwe), interviewed Malawian activist, Tiwonge Gondwe in Istanbul, Turkey (April, 2012).
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The reunion with the women we have been working with in Malawi was emotional. Tiwonge, who has been involved since the beginning in 2007, lifted me up in the air as if I was a piece of paper. She is very strong. There were lots of hugs, tears and kisses. It was a reunion of body and spirit.
Women activists from Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe are reclaiming and using ICTs to amplify women’s voices for rights. From July 18th to 20th, JASS Southern Africa and Women’sNet hosted a Southern Africa Regional Feminist Tech Exchange (FTX) in Johannesburg with nine activists to build ICT skills and strategies to support their organizing.
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Looking back at JASS' Movement Building Initiative in Mesoamerica, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa
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At a dynamic kick-off workshop late 2010, JASS gathered faith-based leaders living with HIV, lesbian activists, youth organizing for sexual and reproductive rights and feminist IT facilitators to forge a powerful collaboration to build movements for women’s rights throughout Southern Africa. This new partnership breaks through categories and “issue silos” – but to what end? A bold and comprehensive strategy fuels this initiative.
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