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MAKING WOMEN’S VOICES COUNT: FROM PARTICIPATION TO POWER 

Part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series: ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom up’: examining what works, what does not work, and why.

MAKING WOMEN’S VOICES COUNT: FROM PARTICIPATION TO POWER 

May 17th 1-2pm 

Part of the Governance and Transparency Fund public meeting series: ‘Demanding accountability from the bottom up’: examining what works, what does not work, and why. 

Mchinji is a major tobacco-growing district in Malawi. The district experiences a huge problem with disputes relating to decision-making regarding the proceeds from tobacco sales. Domestic violence is rife and women accuse men of being greedy with proceeds from tobacco sales after husband and wife have worked together during the farming season.  Wife battery, marital rape, women being denied property after divorce, and property grabbing after the death of a husband are frequently reported problems. Yet most of these cases are not reported, or if reported are quickly withdrawn as women fear that the arrest of husbands will lead to a fall in household income.

Thambani in Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Govati is just 30km from the Mwanza District headquarters, but the bad state of the road makes it difficult to get to, especially during the rainy season. In addition to the very poor road network, the area lacks electricity, telephone services and other infrastructure.