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Auntie Tiwonge and Steven Monjeza Sentenced, Then Pardoned, Malawi

In May 2010, Auntie Tiwonge and Steven Monjeza were sentenced to 14 years of hard labour after being arrested on charges of gross indecency for publicly celebrating their relationship the previous year.  However, Malawian President Mutharika reversed this decision after a meeting with UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, and gave the couple a full pardon. Homosexuality …

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Arrest of Auntie Tiwonge and Steven Monjeza, Malawi

Auntie Tiwonge and Steven Monjeza celebrated their relationship at Auntie’s place of work in December 2009. Various mainstream media in Malawi published announcements of the “first gay marriage” in Malawi. This media attention alerted the authorities and Auntie and Steven were arrested on charges of gross indecency. Gender DynamiX (GDX) developed a media drive that …

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