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Region:Asia Pacific Current UN Women Plan Period Afghanisthan:2018-2022
i-icon World Bank Income Classification:Low Income The World Bank classifies economies for analytical purposes into four income groups: low, lower-middle, upper-middle, and high income. For this purpose it uses gross national income (GNI) per capita data in U.S. dollars, converted from local currency using the World Bank Atlas method, which is applied to smooth exchange rate fluctuations. i-icon Least Developed Country:Yes Since 1971, the United Nations has recognized LDCs as a category of States that are deemed highly disadvantaged in their development process, for structural, historical and also geographical reasons. Three criteria are used: per capita income, human assets, and economic vulnerability. i-icon Gender Inequality Index:0.575 GII is a composite metric of gender inequality using three dimensions: reproductive health, empowerment and the labour market. A low GII value indicates low inequality between women and men, and vice-versa. i-icon Gender Development Index:0.723 GDI measures gender inequalities in achievement in three basic dimensions of human development: health, education, and command over economic resources.
i-icon Population:209,497,025 Source of population data: United Nations, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Population Division (2022). World Population Prospects: The 2022 Revision Male:19,976,265 (9.5%) Female:189,520,760 (90.5%)
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12 Outcome and Organizational Results
$5.26 M Planned Budget
$3.99 M Actual Budget
$1.27 M Shortfall

Where the money goes in 2022


Financial flows in 2022 towards impact areas and systemic outcomes

Find out where UN Women's resources come from, where they go and how they are changing the lives of women and girls.
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Find out where UN Women's resources come from, where they go and how they are changing the lives of women and girls.

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About our work


Malawi has made headways in achieving SDG5 on gender equality, by adopting a nondiscrimination clause in its constitution and undertaking legal reform and policy initiatives. The Government of Malawi has enacted several gender related laws to deal with the challenges faced by women and girls, including the Prevention of Domestic Violence Act. Malawi is one of the few countries in the world which has amended its constitution to harmonise the child age and marriage age at 18 years of age. Women’s access to political power has been rising steadily over the years, with representation of female Members of Parliament at 23%. Malawi was also the first country in SADC and second in Africa to have a female president. Currently, an increasing number of women have taken up leadership and decision-making positions including the first female Speaker of Parliament and the Director of Anti-Corruption Bureau. Yet, there is need to build on and sustain recent gains in gender equality by robustly addressing multifaceted barriers that continue to drive gender gaps. 

UN Women Malawi Office, based in Lilongwe, works with partners, including the Malawi Government, civil society organisations, the private sector, influencers, media, and other UN agencies in promoting gender equality and empowering women and girls in Malawi. 

Through our programmes, thought leadership for GEWE and advocacy, we are working to achieve the following strategic results: 

  • Women and girls live free from all forms of violence including early marriage. 

  • Women have income security, better access to decent work, control over resources and economic autonomy, and young women most in need are reached.  

  • Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems. 

  • Women and girls benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action and influence building peace and security. 

To promote women and girls voice and agency, Malawi is also co-leading the Generation Equality Feminist Movements and Leadership Action Coalition. As a co-leader, Malawi has renewed its commitment to promote feminist movements building and women’s leadership at all levels. 

Disclaimer and notes
Revenue recognition per management accounts reporting (as per Revenue Management Policy). 2022 figures are preliminary, pending final audit.
Resources shown are only allocated towards development work.
The boundaries and names shown and the designations used on this map do not imply official endorsement or acceptance by the United Nations.
References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).