Atupele is still using some of the items from the dignity kit five months after the disaster ©UNFPA/Malawi/2024
Nkhotakota, Malawi – Early one February morning in 2024, 21-year-old Atupele Nyamula and her twin sister Shanil from Nyanji village set out to visit friends in the flood-ravaged lower parts of their community, to offer help amid the devastation caused by prolonged heavy rains.
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).

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