African women rights campaigners hails JB performance in leadership

Women rights campaigners in Africa say the performance of Malawi President Joyce Banda as country’s leader is a proof that women are capable of taking leadership at highest level.

Chairperson of FEMNET (Reseau de Development et de communications Femmes Africaines) Jacqueline Ndongmo said this during a dinner President Banda hosted for delegated to African Women’s Development Conference held in the capital Lilongwe.

“We would like to commend President Joyce Banda for the work she is doing and has been doing throughout her life in assisting the needy. Such are the qualities of a good leader,” she said

Ndongmo said if given chance African women are ready to take leadership positions.

“As women of Africa we celebrate Joyce Banda’s ascendancy to the highest office and that is why we decided to have the conference in Malawi,” she said.

Deputy Minister of Gender Jennifer Chilunga speaking during the opening of the FEMNET conference.

The conference which at focused on women empowerment began Monday and was officially opened by President Banda has drawn together 150 women from 21 African countries.

President Banda launched a book at the official opening titled “Her Story” in which she wrote the foreword.

In her remarks at the dinner President Joyce Banda told women that African leaders are ready to accept and support women in leadership positions.

“I attended the COMESA summit in Uganda recently and I was pleased to hear President Robert Mugabe saying that women should be supported to take up leadership roles.”

President Banda said the time for women is now.

“It is clear that women need economic empowerment in order to gain social and political empowerment, I am ready to support women in leadership roles,” she said.

Deputy Minister of Gender Jennifer Chilunga said Malawi’s women parliamentarians in are ready to support women across the country to gain economic empowerment so that they can be in decision making positions.

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