Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust - Malawi
WLSA-Malawi is the only organization in Malawi that champions an approach to law reform, which considers the intersection between women's rights, gender equality and the law.
The Women and Law in Southern Africa Research and Educational Trust (WLSA-Malawi) is a women’s rights non-governmental organization based in Malawi with a regional affiliation to 6 other national offices in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique and Botswana. WLSA-Malawi is the only organization in Malawi that champions an approach to law reform, which considers the intersection between women’s rights, gender equality and the law, and applies a gender and human rights approach to HIV prevention and management.
Since its inception in 1998, WLSA-Malawi has conducted numerous grounded-action research projects on issues ranging from the feminisation of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (Feminisation of HIV/AIDS in Malawi: Women’s Right to Life and Factors That Create Vulnerability to HIV Transmission) to women in state custody in Malawi (Poor, Invisible and Excluded: Women in State Custody Malawi). WLSA-Malawi’s research on HIV/AIDS formed the basis for a course which WLSA-Malawi’s National Coordinator taught at the University Of Toronto in 2007 entitled “Women’s Rights and HIV/AIDS in Malawi and Southern Africa: Realities, Successes and Challenges.”
Through the WIN network, WLSA – Malawi seeks to apply its years of experience in research to strengthen the legal frameworks to better promote women’s property and inheritance rights in the context of HIV/AIDS, build the capacity of legal professionals and justice system providers to make legal services available, accessible and affordable to women living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS and to increase the influence of organizations and networks to ensure national HIV/AIDS laws and policies protect and promote women’s rights.