Program Manager Katy Kutzner and Chikondi Mandala, the youngest female magistrate in the court of Malawi and member of WOJAM

Program Manager Katy Kutzner and Chikondi Mandala, the youngest female magistrate in the court of Malawi and member of WOJAM

legal literacy and leadership training - 

malawi

In Malawi, cultural land practices that discriminate against women, particularly widows, can result in them losing rights to their land. High illiteracy rates among women (71%) hinders awareness of their rights and how to access legal resources. Seeking to address this issue, WCI joined with the Women Judges Association of Malawi (WOJAM) to empower women with leadership and legal advocacy skills.

Katy Kutzner, WCI’s Program Manager, was instrumental in renewing WCI’s programming in Malawi. Katy worked in Malawi for three years with the Peace Corps and Raising Malawi and is fluent in Chichewa.

In April 2017, over 500 rural women, men, and children were trained in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, legal literacy and property rights. Traditional songs and community theater were used in the training to educate women on leadership, the court system and legal resources.