National Assembly


The mandate, working methods and activities of women’s caucuses in parliament.


Caucus name
Women's Parliamentary Caucus of Malawi (2002-01)
Date of creation
Formal or informal
The caucus is open to male MPs
The caucus is cross-party
The Caucus was set up in 2002 and recognised as a Committee in 2010
There are rules governing the functioning of the caucus
Issues dealt with by the caucus
- The Caucus has considered a number of policy issues and gender-related law such as the Child Care, Protection and Justice Act of 2010, the Deceased Estates (Wills, Inheritance and Protection) Act of 2011 and the Gender Equality Bill passed in Parliament in 2013.
The Caucus has built networks with many women within and outside Malawi. Members have monitored activities that promote the economic empowerment of rural women. They have carried consultative meetings with the community in their constituencies on the issues which affect women: gender equality in political representation; securing better access to poorer women to microloans; securing sustainable access to clean water and securing better reproductive health.
- The Caucus lobbied the Department of Reproductive Health and the Ministry of Finance for an increase in the budget allocation on family planning in Malawi to ensure that the problem of maternal mortality is reduced in the country.
The caucus has a strategic plan or plan of action
The caucus has a communication plan
Caucus contact details