Punishments for male to male relationships: Imprisonment of 10 years or more
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Marriage and Substitutes for Marriage: No law
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Traveled to MALAWI with a partner? Did your hotel or guesthouse react to your sexual orientation?
I stayed at a gay or lesbian hotel
It was not an issue at the hotel
I felt uncomfortable at my hotel
I was refused accommodation because of my sexual orientation
I'd like to believe that Malawi's lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) citizens and tourists had a few days to breathe easier. On Nov. 5 the government suspended all laws criminalizing homosexuality. Three days later, on Nov. 8, homosexuality was illegal again. >>>
One of the earliest indications that Joyce Banda was going to be a very different president from her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, was her suggestion - soon after coming to power - that her government would review Malawi's anti-gay laws. While pleasing some key donors and making headlines, the new policy did not find many backers in Malawi. And the question now is whether - six months down the line - President Banda remains committed to promoting and protecting the rights of Malawi's gays and lesbians. >>>
At a news conference shortly after she was sworn in as Malawi’s president, Joyce Banda announced her government’s intention to decriminalise homosexuality. It is unclear how she will achieve this, but the move is in stark contrast to the approach of her predecessor, Bingu wa Mutharika, who openly condemned it. >>>
In the wake of proposals to decriminalise homosexuality and to improve human rights at large in Malawi, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the UK government have both announced increase in aid for the country.
Only when a gay couple, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, decided to come out in the open and become engaged in December 2009 did a blanket of silence lift from Malawi society around lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights. Malawi authorities arrested the two, causing an international outcry. >>>
Behind The Mask correspondent, Melissa Wainaina, speaks to Bruce Tushabe from Manrela+ (the Malawi Network of Religious Leaders Living With and Personally Affected by HIV Aids) to see their stance on homosexuality in Malawi. >>>
02/08/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Gift Trapence, executive director of the Centre for the Development of People, one of the few human rights organisations in Malawi working with vulnerable groups like MSM, prisoners and sex workers, has been forced underground. >>>
25/07/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
At least 18 people died in violent anti-government protests in Malawi on Wednesday. Protesters are accusing President Bingu wa Mutharika of mismanaging the economy and trampling democratic rights. Both the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the United Democratic Front (UDF), the opposition party, have scapegoated LGBTI persons in the conflict.
04/06/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
People in Liwonde Township in Machinga are planning to match against the two day workshop aimed at equipping the Malawi media with the necessary tools of promoting issues of homosexuality, currently under way in the township. >>>
27/05/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Festus Mugae and Kenneth Kaunda, former Presidents of Botswana and Zambia, are on their HIV Free Generation tour in some African countries. At a news conference in Lilongwe they condemned Malawi's criminalisation of homosexuality as harmful to LGBTI persons and the fight against HIV/AIDS. >>>
08/05/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
Three civil society organisations working for LGBTI rights issued a statement last week calling on religious leaders in Malawi to preach love and tolerance. The statement challenged Samuel Chilenje, the founder of Jesus Pentecostal Church Apostle in Lilongwe, after he said homosexuals deserve to die in his Easter sermon. >>>
02/05/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
The NGOs -Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), Centre for Development of People (CEDEP) and Malawi Religious Leaders Living and Affected by HIV and Aids (MANERELA+) - said they were concerned with government’s “derogatory language, threatening remarks, deliberate propaganda to mislead the general public, and twisting of facts about concerns being presented by civil society and other stakeholders.” >>>
25/04/2011 | Charge de Communication Pan Africa ILGA
In less than 20 days after the United States unfroze $350 million in foreign aid to Malawi, the government is claiming that Norwegian and Dutch funding of NGOs working for LGBTI human rights is "being used by external forces to destabilize the government... >>>