Blantyre City residents have been advised to involvewomen andthe youths in decision making processes as they are key to development.
This was said during the launch of the “Increasing Young People and Women Participation and Voice in Blantyre City” project.
Mayor Noel Chalamanda said the project will play a critical role in the promotion of democracy and good governance.
“This is a special project that will empower young people and women to claim their rights and positively contribute to the development of the city,” said Chalamanda.
He added that women and the youth have been sidelined for a long time in decision making processes hence the need for projects that will empower them as they are the main participants in development activities.
The K10 million worth project will be facilitated by Youth Activists Initiative Organisation (YAIO) with funding from Tilitonse Fund.
YAIO Executive Director Tony Khanyepa, said the project will equip the youth and women with skills on how they can actively participate in development activities in their wards.
“Women and the youth suffer in silence because they are not involved in decision making processes, so this project will come up with ways on how they can be engaged and give them a voice,” said Khanyepa.
Khanyepa added that the project will also look at how the Local Development Fund (LDF) and Constituency Development Fund (CDF) have benefitted the communities over the past three years.
The 14 months project will run from August 2016 to October 2017. It will target the youth in Chilomoni, Mbayani and Blantyre City Central wards.
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