Challenging "well-known facts" and changing minds

Challenging "well-known facts" and changing minds

In Malawi, a number of cultural traditions are wielded as a sort of litmus test. If something doesn’t match up, it’s condemned as bad, unnatural, or even un-Malawian. Various philosophies and theories are used to back up these traditional beliefs, including statistics. Even if these statistics may have a dubious origin, whenever they are invoked, they are prefaced with the phrase, “It is a well-known fact…” Our Umunthu programme is challenging the ways that “well-known facts” are used to justify discrimination.

Ending gender-based violence at TEVET colleges through the arts

Ending gender-based violence at TEVET colleges through the arts

In Malawi, gender-based violence presents a very real barrier to young women and girls who wish to pursue greater opportunities. While one of the options for young people to pursue furthering education is at Technical, Entrepreneurial, and Vocational Education and Training (TEVET) colleges, girls represent only 27 percent of enrolled students. Over the next year, we’ll be working with TEVET colleges across the country to raise awareness about GBV at TEVET colleges and for each college to create and implement effective reporting systems.

Students with Dream Alum attends International Conference on Family Planning

Students with Dream Alum attends International Conference on Family Planning

Sylvester Chiweza, Students with Dreams alumni and co-founder of Girls Rising in Potential (GRIP), attended the International Conference on Family Planning as a youth delegate after being awarded a scholarship through the youth video contest. Learn more about his experience and what he learned.

An evening of art and dreams at ArtGlo

An evening of art and dreams at ArtGlo

The latest cohort of Dreamers from the Students with Dreams project culminated in a fun and exciting evening of art and music at our offices last month. We were delighted to not only showcase the work that the Dreamers had done in their exploration of creative freedom of expression, but also share some music, art, and poetry from Malawi.

5 things you can do to mark World AIDS Day

5 things you can do to mark World AIDS Day

Thirty years ago, the international HIV pandemic was the top concern among health professional. In order to honor the lives that were lost to the virus, and to celebrate the people living with it, the global community came together and declared December 1 World AIDS Day.

It takes effort from each one of us to fight this pandemic. Here are five things you can do to mark this day.

Students with Dreams project, Baller Kunthanzi, is scoring goals

Students with Dreams project, Baller Kunthanzi, is scoring goals

Maya has always been a sports fanatic. But it wasn’t until college that she joined the women’s basketball team. She was so excited to be able to live out her love of sports. But she noticed that the guys were always treated better and that invitations only ever went to them. Now she’s using her Students with Dreams project to reach secondary school girls about sports.

Make Art / Stop AIDS collaborates with Sex Squads at UCLA

Make Art / Stop AIDS collaborates with Sex Squads at UCLA

We have been training squad members from Chancellor College and Domasi College in collaboration with our sister organisation, Art & Global Health Center UCLA, on different women’s and gender issues, such as gender discrimination, sexual violence and harassment, reproductive justice, and exploring privileges of being a man/woman.

Sparking inspiration at the Day of Ideas

Sparking inspiration at the Day of Ideas

This year, before the official Lake of Star festival kicked off, they hosted a Day of Ideas for local students and youth to participate in activities about pressing social issues. ArtGlo joined the activities bringing our signature creative approached to engage the youths on issues of nutrition, women’s leadership, and entrepreneurship.