Israeli elections | Manning up in Malawi

Posted by: Global Perspectives

Date: Friday, 20 September 2019


Editor's note

When Benjamin Netanyahu called Israel's second election this year, he hoped it could break the political deadlock. He was wrong. Netanyahu emerged weakened after Tuesday's poll, but neither he nor his rival Benny Gantz won enough seats to secure a majority in the Knesset, Israel's parliament. But what does the political deadlock mean for the wider Middle East, and the Israel-Palestine conflict in particular? Martin Beck explains.

In patriarchal societies such as Malawi, women do the bulk of the housework: caring for children, finding and preparing food, and cleaning the house. These multiple roles prevent women from engaging in activities that would earn them an income. But things are slowly changing for the better thanks to progressive interventions by the health ministry and traditional leaders. Elizabeth Mkandawire and Sheryl L Hendriks share the results of their study showing how some men are getting more involved in the home.

Gemma Ware

Global Affairs Editor

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Benny Gantz: one seat ahead. Atef Safadi/EPA

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A woman and baby on a bicycle taxi in Salima, Malawi. Some Malawian men are becoming more involved in childcare. EPA-EFE

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