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At first, it was just another meeting where people share ideas on rights of minority groups. But when a real life experience was narrated by a troubled mother with an intersex child, each of the participants, who included chiefs, lawyers, the clergy and a member of Parliament (MP) from various parts  of the country, got emotional and started to talk solutions.

To the woman, the presence of these opinion leaders was an opportunity to have her case recorded for action. Like a trained orator, she perfectly summarised, what she said was a long story into a short, but striking narrative.

The household enumeration exercise has ignited debate on intersex

And if she planned to make participants emotional and empathetic, she absolutely achieved this goal—the room was quiet with faces focused on her while some heads swung both vertically and horizontally-a sign that they were following.

The Media Task force on Minority Rights says things have changed in the country since the campaign for sexual minority rights started some eight years ago.

The group’s secretary Dalitso Chimwala said this in Liwonde, Machinga on Sunday during the review of the Media Strategic Plan for Sexual Minorities in Malawi formulated in 2013. He said; “Although the LGBTI [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex] community still lives in fear, there have been some positive signs from government. There is need to continue recognising them so that they live in freedom just like everyone else.” Chimwala urged the media to report extensively on sexual minority rights so that people understand the issues

As one way of ensuring positive coverage of LGBTI stories, CEDEP under the COC Pride Programme in 2010 established a Media Forum taskforce which comprise of journalists from different media houses in Malawi.

The taskforce members meet every year to review the challenges and milestones for that year and share the experiences when covering an LGBTI event or interviewing someone. This year’s review meeting was at Game Haven Lodge in Thyolo District and the COC donor from Netherlands, Bram Langen and the Executive Director of CEDEP, Mr Gift Trapence, participated the meeting.

MSMs high HIV infections: ticking bomb

Unreal as it may sound, Elias contracted HIV from the male partner he has been in a sexual relationship with.

He says it all began when he contracted a Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) and visited a public health facility.

“The health worker I met told me to strip so he could see. I lay on the examination bed and heard him calling a friend to come and see ‘mwikho’ (an abomination). I was helpless because I wanted assistance,” he recalls. Read more

CEDEP under CISU-Improving the Lives of Transgender People in Malawi project funded by AIDS FONDET organized training workshops for Health Service Providers (HSP) and Law enforcers. The two trainings were conducted concurrently for two days at Linde Motel in Mponela, Dowa district from 22nd June to 23rd June, 2018. The facilitators of the training were from Gender Dynamix trainers from South Africa. Gender Dynamix is the first African based organization solely focusing on the transgender community.

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