Lilongwe - Post Report Question and Answers

Are there problems with ethnic, race/racial minorities or religious prejudices? Gender equality?

Yes. - Jul 2020

There is some tension politically between the three regions (north, central, south), but Malawians are generally very tolerant of religious and ethnic differences. Despite women holding many prominent positions in government and civil society -- in fact Malawi had the second female President on the continent, gender equality isn't great. - Feb 2020

Ignorance is global and stereotypes are commonly bandied about in Lilongwe. - Sep 2018

No obvious ethnic or religious prejudices. For gender equality, there is forward movement on improving rights for the girl child. - Oct 2016

Other than just being the mzungu--like most other parts of East and Southern Africa--you will not notice racial tension. The inter-tribal dynamics are more placid than elsewhere in the region too. - Sep 2013

Not really. They're warm and friendly people. It is a male-dominated society, and there are gender issues, but they don't affect the expats as much. - Sep 2012

Some Malawians can express rather unpleasant feelings towards foreigners. Religions outside christianity, particularly asian religions, are not well understood and are often critiqued. - Jul 2009

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