ADCs DRILLED ON GENDER MAINSTREAMING

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August
28

The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi FEDOMA embarks on the training Area Development Committees ADCs on gender and  disability mainstreaming as it has seen M’bwana ADC of Traditional Authority M’bwana of Usisya in Nkhata-Bay being drilled on how to embrace gender issues.

Speaking during the training exercise, FEDOMA Acting Executive Director Simon Munde said it is the wish of all Organizations with Disabilities to see local developmental structures  like area Development Committees ADCs to be drilled in gender and disability mainstreaming so that marginalized groups should be left behind in policy and decision making.

” It is a must that Women and persons with disabilities should take part in all decision making committees so that no one should be left behind and in the end enhancing a barrier free society for all and it is our hope that here in Nkhata-Bay, ADCs must take gender issues seriously,” he said.

FEDOMA takes a swipe to train ADCs on gender mainstreaming as such structures are custodians of local developmental activities hence the training.

 

NEW DAWN FOR MWISOWA AS HE GETS WHEEL CHAIR FROM FEDOMA

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August
28

       

There was  joy in Julius Village in the area of Traditional Authority T/A Kaledzera in Phalombe where  villagers turned up to witness the donation of a wheel chair to  a 14 year old boy Julianono Mwisowa who has been for the past 14 years struggling to get an assistive device.

FEDOMA decided to Donate the wheel chair to Mwisowa after it received a call from Emily Nthenda who works in the area as a volunteer  as she reported the mobility challenges  the boy encountered as for example, he was failing to go to school due to luck of an assistive device.

Speaking at the function, Group Village Head  Julius commended FEDOMA for the timely gesture saying the boy will be attending classes as mobility challenge will be the thing of the past as his parents  were used to carry him at the back.

“I would like to extend my sincerely gratitude to FEDOMA for coming in to assist since we had no way to go for a help. I have been witnessing with my own necked eyes Several organizations have been coming in this village with their promises to assist the family with the wheal chair but nothing showed up and it is only FEDOMA that has relieved the burden we had,” he said.

In his remarks, Lyson Mapanga who handed over the wheel chair on behalf of FEDOMA said the wheel chair has been sourced with an aim to prioritize the education for the boy and he was quick to plead with his guardians  to use the wheel chair for sending the boy to school.

“We shall be happy at FEDOMA when we will  see the boy  going to school as it stands that  education is the paramount tool  transforming one’s  future. I therefore make an appeal to you parents try as much as possible to send the boy to school since the device will ease his mobility challenges,” said Mapanga.

Juliano Mwisowa has been failing to go to school as he had no  means of mobility.

 

DPOs GAIN COMPETENCE ON GENDER MAINSTREAMING

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August
27

                       

The representatives from the  Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) formally known as Disabled Peoples  Organizations (DPOs) have gone through a three day gender mainstreaming training workshop that took place in Blantyre facilitated by Women’s Resource Legal Center (WORLEC).

In an effort to curb gender stereotype in its affiliated organizations, FEDOMA  conducted such a training workshop for all OPDs to understand how they can address gender issues and how they can   accommodate females in their institutions and in  policy making process.

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FEDOMA URGES GENDER TECHNICAL WORKING GROUPS TO BE INCLUSIVE

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July
3

The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi FEDOMA has urged gender technical working groups in Mzimba District to help address rights of persons with disabilities in their localities saying persons with disabilities for so long have not being given space to enjoy their rights as there is no inclusive environment.

The development comes during a workshop training conducted by FEDOMA and UNDP with an aim to impart knowledge to the  Gender Technical Working Groups (GTWGs) saying such groups are capable to lobby for inclusion since they are empowered with rights for the marginalized groups.

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FEDOMA INTENSIFIES CAMPAIGN ON DISABILITY MAINSTREAMING

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July
3

The Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi FEDOMA believes that inclusion can be attained if sharing of ideas and best practices is enhanced at policy level by all stake holders. The remarks come amid challenges government is facing in promoting inclusion in public hospitals. FEDOMA has since intensified campaign to train health workers and other stake holders on disability mainstreaming.

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EMMANUEL TV GIVES A HAND TO APAM

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July
2

     

It was a colorful event at FEDOMA secretariat where  Emmanuel TV Southern Region Chapter donates assorted items to the Association  of Persons with Albinism in Malawi APAM in an effort to alleviate challenges persons with albinism are encountering in their livelihood.

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