Malawi drama group pushes for gay rights

In Malawi, the Nyasa Times reports on new support for LGBT rights there:

Production by Kwathu drama group
Production by Kwathu drama group

One of the Malawi’s renowned vernacular theatre groups, Kwathu drama group says it is joining the band wagon [of] campaigners advocating for equal rights by taking part in promoting rights of the minority groups in the country through performances.

Assistant director for the group Charles Mphoka said after a show at Zuc lodge in eastern region district of Balaka that the group is geared to fight for the rights of minority groups in the country to ensure that they are not perceived as inferior though they are a minority.

“We feel we can take part in making a change toward the thinking that the minority are inferior and sinful,” said Mphoka.

A recent Kwathu production included a significant gay character. The director said the theme of the play is the importance of tolerance in society.

Under Malawi law, same-sex sexual relations are punishable by up to five years in prison.

For more information, see the full Nyasa Times article “Kwathu Drama Group moves to advocate for gay rights in Malawi.”


Written by Colin Stewart

Colin Stewart is a 45-year journalism veteran living in Southern California. After his retirement from paid newspaper work in 2011, he launched Erasing 76 Crimes and helped with the Spirit of 76 campaign that assembled a multi-national team of 26 LGBTI rights activists to advocate for change during the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., in July 2012. He is the president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which supports LGBTQ+ rights advocacy journalism, including the Erasing 76 Crimes news site and the African Human Rights Media Network. Contact him via Twitter @76crimes or by email at Mailing address: 21 Marseille, Laguna Niguel CA 92677 USA.

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