With support from UNFPA, Rachel had her fistula repaired ©UNFPA/Malawi/Joseph Scott
Rachel Kachepatsonga always knew she was born different, but it didn’t affect how she related with her family and friends. However, as she grew up, things started to change. Because of Rachel’s small stature, her peers at school would look at her with inquisitive eyes.
Douglas Mbewe, one of the male champions in Mchinji on the forefront in the fight against gender based violence. © UNFPA/Malawi/
Mchinji, Malawi - In Mchinji, a quiet transformation is taking place, reshaping age-old societal norms. Men, traditionally seen as guardians of a conservative masculinity, are now actively encouraging each other to lead the charge against gender-based violence (GBV).
Princess found hope through a safe space. ©UNFPA/Malawi/2024
Princess Dinala's life was marred by discrimination from the very start. Born with albinism, she faced rejection not just on the netball court but in every facet of her daily existence.

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