Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Politics and International Studies

Oxfam speaker Naile Salima: Gender and women’s rights in Malawi & Aid in Malawi

03 November 2011 | 3:00pm | Workshop

13.08 Social Sciences Building

In association with the Centre for Global Development

The Oxfam regional campaigns office for the North is bringing a speaker from Malawi to speak about her work. She is the Gender Justice Coordinator and Advoacy Advisor and will speak about gender and women's rights in Malawi, as well as the impact of aid on development in the country. She will be introduced by Serena Tramonti from Oxfam, and Emily Stanley from POLIS.

 About the speaker:

Naile Salima is responsible for coordinating and technically supporting the gender and women’s rights programme by ensuring that the programme is relevant to the needs of girls and women who are usually marginalised in most aspects of the Malawi social- economic sphere. Specifically, her role is to support Oxfam in Malawi in understanding the specific vulnerabilities of girls and women and let this inform Oxfam’s programming and advocacy.

Here is what she says about her work:

My work within Oxfam has revolved around women’s rights and I will be excited to share on Women’s Empowerment in Malawi. Specific focus areas have been on the following:

  • reducing gender based violence through the MDG3 torch campaign
  • improving women’s participation in decision making processes through the 50:50 campaign
  • reducing women’s vulnerability to HIV and AIDS.
  • Access to Health particularly access to essential medicines.

Malawi has been one of the countries in Southern Africa that has had success with the Access to Health Services campaign. I would like to share the best practices and highlight the successes of this campaign.

Other information:

I have been involved in gender and women's rights work from 2001 starting as an undergraduate working part-time for a local non-governmental organisation mobilising communities on girls’ education and moving on to work with Save the children (USA) and currently with Oxfam. I consider myself a women?s rights activist having been involved in the sensitisation and mobilisation of women to speak out against violations of their rights and claim them.

“I believe in the strength of women, and I am always amazed by the strength and resilience of Malawian women, who continue to give and give of themselves to others. I am proud to be one of these women.”

Location Details

13.08 Social Sciences Building

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