Malawi’s President Joyce Banda Boldly Stands Up for Gay Rights

Joyce Banda, who was recently sworn in as Malawi's first-ever female president, has said that she plans to repeal her country's laws against homosexuality in her first state of the union address, a bold move, notes the Atlantic Wire's Connor Simpson, since homosexuality has been criminalized in 37 African countries… »5/20/12 4:00pm5/20/12 4:00pm

Joyce Banda Becomes Southern Africa’s First Lady Head of State After Rumors of a Power Struggle

Shortly after the confirmation of President Bingu wa Mutharika's death early on Saturday, Malawi's Vice President Joyce Banda was sworn in as the country's — and southern Africa's — first female head of state. Banda, who'd served as vice president since 2009, was cheered by crowds during and after her oath before… »4/07/12 5:30pm4/07/12 5:30pm