The right to decent housing is a central part of women’s rights to equality under international human rights law, said opposition leader in parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa was in Mzuzu in the northern region over the weekend, where he visited, among other things, a disadvantaged woman, Joyce Nyausisya, in Msongwe, who lives with a 15-year-old boy with a disability. The couple live in a dilapidated grass hut, which is completely unsafe in adverse weather and fights.

While visiting the couple on Sunday August 8, 2021, the opposition leader in parliament said it was extremely worrying that most women and girls in Malawi live in unsafe and unsafe homes, exposing them to abuse and other forms of gender-based violence.

“Women play a central role in the political, social and economic development of our country. As a staunch advocate of the rights of women and girls, I will do my humble part to ensure that we as a country achieve real gender equality by advocating policies and measures to promote the rights of women and children.

“As the opposition leader in Parliament, I will work with my colleagues to ensure that we eliminate all forms of discrimination and abuse that our women and girls face at all levels of our society, and also to ensure that we use language to help themselves lift out of poverty “and pass friendly legislation,” said Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa, who is also the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice president for the southern region, said after assessing the challenges that Joyce Nyausisya and the boy are facing, he decided to start funding this week to build a better house for the two to start with and also to buy a wheelchair for the boy.

Nyausisya was overwhelmed by the promise and couldn’t help but shed tears of joy when she received the good news. She thanked the opposition leader and prayed to God “to keep blessing him”.

A number of national and regional DPP leaders including MPs Julius Chione, Nkhata Bay Northeast, and Yusuf Nthenda, Mulanje West.

Early in the morning, Nankhumwa attended a service at St. Andrews CCAP of the Livingstonia Synod in Mzuzu. It was a special service with an induction ceremony for the new Church Minister Isaiah Vwiyapo Mhone.

In an address to the congregation, the opposition leader encouraged them to give the man of God every possible support so that he could successfully spread the good news of Jesus Christ. He advised the new church minister to treat all Christians equally in the church, regardless of their tribe or origin.

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