About RISE Malawi

The Director

Lighting The Candle Of Human Rights

Message From The Executive Director

Across our country Malawi today, many vulnerable people, especially women, girls and children continue to suffer human rights abuse each day because they lack the basic knowledge of their rights as individuals and communities. Rights Institute for Social Empowerment is founded on the firm belief that securing basic human rights in Malawi requires effective frontline Organizations equipped with essential advocacy and participatory human rights education skills, and legal advice and referrals in dealing with individuals, systems and institutions whose activities result in human rights violations in the country. The Primary concern for RISE-Malawi is creation of empowerment for vulnerable social groups especially women, girls and children so that they are able to know, demand and exercise their human rights in their communities and across Malawi. One of the components of RISE is human rights advocacy and training. The office does this through conferences, workshops and community-based campaigns, and conducts fact finding missions to address human rights violations. It monitors and evaluates compliance with human rights standards through transfer of skills. We will build the capacity of communities to protect their human rights. We also create awareness on people's rights based on international human rights protection instruments through this very website and through workshops and community mobilization for social change.

Our expectation is to become the epicenter of general human rights issues in Malawi with the objective of providing and disseminating information to policy makers and key stakeholders whilst enhancing and inculcating human rights based culture in public officers, state actors and communities. We envisage our work will enhance good governance, accountability and transparency in Malawi.

RISE-Malawi will become the facilitator of public officers/citizens interface, become the voice and advocate for the vulnerable and their inclusion in decision making process, serve as a check on government's compliance with international, regional and national frameworks on human rights and demand greater accountability mechanisms. Collaborate and share expertise with local CSOs to reinforce and enhance their impact in development. Please accept my invitation to use this website as a resource to learn more about the important work of the RISE-Malawi. This website will also serve as a tool to provide human rights education and awareness where you will learn more about your rights. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our offices and events. Together we can make Malawi a country where the rights of all are promoted protected and where we can all be equal in the eye of the law. Let's be the change we want to see and join our hands in lighting the candlelight of human rights respect in Malawi.

Richard Yohane (Executive Director)


Rights Institute for Social Empowerment-RISE is a Civil Society Organization dedicated to the advancement of equality, promotion of social justice and the respect of human dignity in Malawi. Our role is contributing to the creation of a human rights based culture in Malawi; through advocacy and direct empowerment of women, girls, young people, children and their communities by building their capabilities so that they are able to rise up to the consciousness and capacity of advocating for the promotion of their human rights, protect themselves and be protected from human rights of all forms and be able to actively participate in the governance, policy formulation and decision making processes including democratization in Malawi.

Registered in 2006 as a Civil Society Organization, RISE is focusing on the promotion and protection of human rights for marginalized social groups in Malawi.

Our approach is human rights based approach to programming and implementing interventions. Our projects are benefiting the most vulnerable and socially excluded members of the Malawi society including women, girls and children

RISE core business is the protection of fundamental human rights for marginalized people made more vulnerable by human rights violations, HIV/AIDS, poverty and other forms of social injustices through advocacy, capacity building, direct service provision, collaboration, awareness raising and participatory human rights education provision.


The mission of RISE is to advance the rights and develop the capacities of girls, women and children to eradicate their vulnerabilities to human rights violations, marginalization, HIV/AIDS devastating impact, poverty, ignorance and other forms of social injustice. The RISE mission creates a mandate to contribute to the creation of a human rights based culture in Malawi in which the rights of girls are recognised, respected and realised. The logic behind RISE interventions is to address the situation of girls and children in rural villages in Malawi. RISE is a girl centered organization whose leadership is crucially influenced by the needs and aspirations of girls.


The RISE vision is to see a society in which the rights of girls, children and young people are promoted and protected; and in which girls are meaningfully involved in the governance and decision making processes affecting their daily lives. As an organization predominantly working with girls, RISE strongly believes that every child including girls deserves to grow up safe, healthy and with opportunities to learn and develop holistically