Concern Worldwide, Action Aid and For Equality brought together NGO and government partners on July 1, 2022 to discuss the impact of current economic pressures in Malawi, with a particular focus on the impact of these challenges on women.
The round tables focused on the implications and the response required by the social protection sector and the agricultural sector. A policy paper was also produced outlining the economic issues affecting Malawian women.
The disruption of global supply chains and rising food, fuel and fertilizer prices, resulting in part from the Ukraine crisis, have led global and national analysts to warn of significant economic challenges that will severely affect vulnerable populations. Growing economic pressure is a serious obstacle to joint policy and program efforts to address poverty, food insecurity and gender inequality. Women and girls will be particularly affected. The effects will be further compounded by any adverse weather events in the coming year.
The video below shows the impacts of the cost of living on small businesses in Malawi:
With this in mind, Action Aid, Concern Worldwide, For Equality and the NGO Gender Coordination Network organized a collaborative roundtable on “mitigating the gendered impacts of the increased cost of living in Malawi resulting from the crisis Ukraine” to discuss the challenges of the Ukrainian crisis. Malawi context, and identify opportunities to mitigate their impact.
The session focused on the social protection and agroecology sectors in Malawi, developing a strong foundation for Malawi to build back better. The Honorable Dr Patricia Kaliati, MP, Minister for Gender, Social Care and Community Development, officially opened and resided as guest of honor at the event.
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