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Malawi has put a final legal nail on the coffin of child marriages by making a historic amendment to the Constitution to fully outlaw child marriage.

The legal development followed more than fifteen years of undaunted advocacy that eventually resulted in Malawi's President, Peter Mutharika, signing the Marriage and Family Relations Bill into law in 2015, raising the minimum age for marriage from 14 to 18.

The vast majority of women work in informal sectors, and we are seeing an increasing feminisation of labour migration, both of which raise opportunities as well as challenges for women’s economic empowerment. With this year's theme, Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work, the 61st session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW61) is the moment to give voice to migrant women in domestic work and women at the low end of value chains, like horticulture.

On International Women's Day 2017, Hivos celebrates the achievements of our programmes and partners in driving change for women and helping accelerate gender parity across the world. Together we are creating a gender inclusive green society, where women and men have equal access to – and control over - renewable energy and sufficient, nutritious and affordable food.

How do you break societal norms to be creative in spaces that are unfamiliar? These were some of the thought-provoking conversations that evolved during Hivos East Africa’s 100 days of learning. Convened by the Age of Wonderland on 16 February 2017, the two-day event featured discussions on how to foster inspiration, trust and learning.

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Zimbabwe have been facing huge challenges due to limited funding and a lack of new, creative and innovative strategies to address longstanding problems that inhibit the enjoyment of human rights among citizens in the country.

As part of a process of becoming a fully independent organisation, the Hivos South Africa office will cease operating under the Hivos Foundation and will change its name to Hlanganisa Institute for Development SA.

Hivos Southern Africa Hub launched the Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) programme in Lilongwe, Malawi on February 14 with what turned out to be a very passionate panel discussion on “Collaborating for Increased and Effective Participation by Women in Politics and Public Administration.”

Hivos’ Women @ Work Campaign has extended its activities to Zambia, Malawi and Zimbabwe. On 2 March, together with other civil society organisations from both Southern and Eastern Africa, Hivos launched the campaign, which aims to improve the labour rights of women working in horticulture value chains.

Supported by Hivos East Africa in partnership with Twaweza Communications, the umbrella Creative Economy Working Group (CEWG) convened a 2 day peer-to-peer learning forum in December 2016 on the state of the creative industry in Nairobi. Drawing more than 50 creative industry practitioners and policy makers, discussions concentrated on the need to promote the creative industry in Kenya.

The Hivos Southern Africa partners under the Green and Inclusive Energy (GIE) project in Malawi met to map out how to consolidate and strengthen the consortium.