Climate Change Worry CSOs
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have expressed concern over the effect of climate change, saying is causing untold misery to people as manifested in frequent occurrence of climate-related hazards like tropical storms, erratic rainfall and dry spells.
Speaking on behalf of CSOs at this year’s International Human Rights Day commemoration in Lilongwe, Micheal Kaiyatsa said the frequent power outages are one of the visible impacts of climate change.
"These blackouts are having serious repercussions on the productivity of industries and the general quality of life of Malawians. Women and children are the worst affected by climate change. We can no longer escape, ignore or downplay the impact of climate change and environmental damage on the rights of our people," said Kaiyatsa
Meanwhile, sex workers have asked government to ensure that their rights are respected, among others by recognizing their work, saying they are failing to have access to loans as lenders demand them to produce proof of work.
Representatives of the sex workers made the call as Minister of Peace and Unity Timothy Mtambo visited some of the displays that different organisations at the commemoration showcased.
The sex workers argue some of them joined the trade because of lack of resources to earn a living and support their families.
International Human Rights Day is being celebrated under the theme the right to a clean, health and sustainable environment.
Written By: Leah Malekano-ZBS