Women are dying from backstreet abortions. But reforms to Malawi's 157-year-old laws are stuck

Updated 0901 GMT (1701 HKT) September 26, 2018

Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what's happening in the world as it unfolds.

CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This story is part of As Equals, a year-long series.

Blantyre, Malawi David Minyatso holds the voter registration card of his late wife, Selina.
The last time he saw her, she had just found out she was pregnant with their fourth child.
"She told me she was feeling symptoms of pregnancy. She left for her home village two days later to visit her parents," 36-year-old Minyatso said, standing in the doorway of their thatched-roof home in Kaseleka village, his daughters playing in the dirt yard outside.
"I was later told that she went to a traditional healer to seek abortion-induced drugs which killed her."