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Malawi: Nyale Institute Calls Attention to Reproductive Justice for Child Survivors of Sexual Violence


Nyale Institute, a non-governmental organisation whose mission is to advance sexual and reproductive justice for all, believes that every person has the right to enjoy a happy sexual life, whether they have sex or not and whether they have sex to reproduce or just for pleasure.

Nyale Institute’s Executive Director, Dr Godfrey Kangaude, observed that while the public may focus on the decision to have an abortion by the woman, there is a great deal of hidden things behind any decision by the woman to abort a pregnancy.

The hidden things include that a man had sex with a girl or woman for his pleasure, but when it resulted in a pregnancy, the man refused or escaped responsibility.

In some cases, the man coerced the woman to terminate the pregnancy by any means to preserve the man’s honour as a married man, a respected pastor, or as someone who should not be known to have had sex with this girl or woman.

In worst-case scenarios, the man had forcible sex with the girl or woman without their consent.

Dr Kangaude said that justice requires that we look at the underlying issues behind girl’s and women’s need for abortion. Usually, the men behind t are invisible.

Justice requires that we do not treat the girl or woman too harshly by denying them access to safe abortion services, which the government and other stakeholders have the capacity to provide.

The only reason they withhold these services is because of an archaic law that prohibits girls and women from accessing safe abortion.