Women writers challenged at women writers conference

Mhango Chavula

Writer Matilda Phiri, who is also President of Malawi League of Women Writers, has said that there is a need to have more anthologies for a African women writers in different languages and that Malawi has not been left out of the equation.

Phiri said this Tuesday following her representing the country at the three-day 2023 League of African Women Writers conference held in Morocco recently.

She said she was happy that there is now the League of African women writers’ platform, an association of African women writers, where they will be meeting and sharing ideas.


“The aim of this league is to help African women writers get to know each other, further our writing career internationally and also reap from our works,” Phiri said.

She said the conference attracted participants from countries such as Tanzania, Mozambique, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Chad, Egypt, Cameroon, Angola and Ivory Coast.

“As women, we are powerful and, as women writers, we can bring change to our continents. We have been challenged as women writers to write about the history of our continent, children’s rights, women’s rights, human rights and also to lobby for women’s rights in our countries,” she said.


Meanwhile, award winning filmmaker and actress Joyce Mhango Chavula has said she is excited to have put the country in the limelight during the African Women Arts and Film Festival (Awaffest) held in Zambia last weekend.

Mhango Chavula was honoured on Saturday with the African Women Film Ambassador award.

“It feels good to get this award; it is not for me alone but for Malawi and it shows the growth that I have made and the progress that we are making in the creative sector,” she said.

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