Zomba NGO takes homosexuality debate to College of Health Sciences

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The Art & Global Health Center Africa (AGHCA), a non-governmental organisation based in Malawi’s old city of Zomba, on Monday engaged students of Malawi College of Health Sciences in Blantyre in a debate on homosexuality in Malawi.

The debate was part of AGHCA’s on-going Umunthu program which is a project aimed at bringing voice to marginalised communities by utilising art as a catalyst for discussion, providing a platform to address contentious human rights issues which have implications on health. The organisation does this through the concept of ‘Umunthu’ which is a Bantu philosophical concept of humanity.

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Malawi first gay couple.

Students hailed the Art & Global Health Center Africa for taking a good approach which allows for public discourse on homosexuality.

“Initially some of us thought that you would come here and start telling us that we should embrace minority rights. But you have shown that you don’t have an agenda to impose on us, and that your goal is for people themselves to voice out their views on homosexuality. This is a good approach,” said one of the students after the debate.

Before engaging students in the discussions on the issue, AGHCA first screens Mwizalero Nyirenda’s Umunthu: An African Response to homosexuality which is a short documentary that captures different views on homosexuality.

AGHCA has also conducted debates of similar nature in the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College, College of Medicine, Kamuzu College of Nursing in Blantyre, the Lilongwe College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences’ Bunda and NRC campuses, and the Malawi College of Health Sciences in Lilongwe.

Homosexuality became the talk of the day in 2010 when two men, Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steve Monjeza, publicly engaged in Malawi’s Blantyre city.

Homosexuality in Malawi still remains a highly controversial issue as the country’s laws do not recognize homosexuality as a legal act.

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  1. Dis is bulshit en tell de president 2 get ready coz we will b out on de street protesting dis is our malawi azwel if he wants kill all de gay end let dis issue end its beta 2 die in poverty dan 2 gain de whole world en perish in hell mr president de war has jst began so get ready…..guys we shud nat allow em 2 succeed. Gay issue is bad in de site of God……..I hate u mr president

  2. Ifetu timkaesa kt ku ma NGO’s ndi ku college of medicine kumakhala anthu anzelu kani ndi ma nyapapi nokha nokha shame on u,maiko enatu anagonjetsa malaria..bwanji osakambilana hw cn u gonjetsa malungu

  3. Thandizani osauka ngati muli ndi ndalama zambiri,rather than zankutu zanuzi,home-sexual ndiye kut chiyani?.Inunso amabungwe ndinu agalu.

  4. Koma nde mbola2 ma beb onsewa anandipasa chilichonse yehova choti ndkhoza kukwatilira osati nyasi zawo akuchitazo, alowaso mbola stupt nkaona2 mabanja amakuvutani agalu inu…………! Uchisilu wake umenewo.

  5. Malawi has alot of problems that has to prioritize in their eradication for the best interest of malawians osati za homosexuality zokomera few, selfish and disgruntled individuals. Mwasowatu zochita eti? Kagwereni uko ku Malawi zimenezi ayi. Why shud we leave all these beautiful ladies mkumakhumbira tonde mzako? Zisiyike zimenezi

  6. Awasiye ma student apange za xul nt zamisalazo,ngat mabungwe ena akumapatsa anthu ndalama kut alimbikitse izi iwo eni akwatirane basi,malawi wanga wabwino musamuononge tikuona.

  7. Mmalo mokambilana zoyamba kulima chamba mukukakambilana zaziii ngati British Ambasador waliwuza Boma la MALAWI kuti chamba chitha kulowa m’malo mwa fodya mukukapanga debate zaziii olo mchele zilibe

  8. I wonder in which Planet, you people from really discussing something that you got the answer kuti Amuna/Akazi sangakwatirane okha okha.

  9. kukanakhala kwabwino akanapanda kubadwa choncho akufunika kuwamangilira mwala mphero mkhosi nkuwaponya mnyanja kulekana nkut asochetetse mmodzi wa yiana iti.

  10. Sodom and Gomorah cities were burned with fire of sulphur because of homosexuality,the Bible says,God was,he is,and will still be God,what was considered sin then, is still a sin today,the God who destroyed the gay people then will kill them now,because of the same sin.”2 PETER 2 vs 6.” Do not be deceived:Neither the sexually immoral nor aldurterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders will inherit the kingdom of God.”1 CORINTHIANS 6 vs 9.”

  11. u (NGOs) must also go to remote villages and ask voices of abanthu it,s whn u can balance umunthu of abanthu becoz those youngesters it,s where r hailling from bcoz Malawi is a developing country whch means uneducated abanthu also play role in all angles

  12. kumakhala upepela komanso uchotsa zelu zaumuthu anthu otelo china kakhala bwino anakabadwa chirile mwezi anthu akadzithandiza amadwiritsira chito chifukwa galu ndi wazeru amakafuna galu mzake zamkazi.

  13. Ma Reforms ayambika kale padziko ngakhale m malaw ,let the bible prophecy cme to pass! Mwana wamunthu ali pa kona! Anthu a ndevu zawo bax kukhala nd nthawi yobakila izi kt asien hehe kay ulu!

  14. If u don’t believe in the word of God, you can debate. But if you believe, pliz don’t create your hell but stay with God’s Word. Say NO homosexuality.

  15. i am a young man. if there were two people willing to have sex with me, a man and a woman, i would chose to have sex with a woman.

  16. This article would have been VASTLY improved if it had reported on the various views expressed by the students during the debate on homosexuality in Malawi. To just report that the debate was held and a student said that it was a good idea is a waste of cyberspace.

  17. This article would have been VASTLY improved if it had reported on the various views expressed during the debate on homosexuality in Malawi. To just report that the debate was held and a student said that it was a good idea is a waste of cyberspace.

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