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Two-thirds of the population of Malawi lives in poverty, and rural women are the poorest of the poor. Limited access to resources and exclusion from decision making at all levels contribute to women’s ongoing inequality and lack of empowerment. Oxfam is partnering with the Women’s Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC) and the Creative Centre for Community Mobilisation (CRECCOM) to change this. Under the Women and Girls’ Voice Enhancement in Essential Services project (WOGIVES), Oxfam and partners are using diverse approaches, including community discussion groups, small loans, legal aid clinics and gender equality workshops, to equip women and their communities with the tools they need to claim their rights, empower themselves economically and fight gender inequality.

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