Malawi gender activist Kaliya lands  UN role on Equal Pay Platform of Champions

Gender and Women’s rights activist Emma Kaliya, who is  NGO Gender Coordination Network chairperson, is now champion of the United Nations Women arm Equal Pay Champions.

Kaliya: Gets UN prominent role

She will be unveiled on Monday in New York, United States when thw UN Women and International Labour Organisation (ILO) will launch the high-profile Equal Pay Platform of Champions, bringing together activists, celebrities and governments, including Oscar-winning American actor Patricia Arquette, Olympic gold medalist and soccer star Abby Wambach, trade union leaders and activists, aiming to bring the issue of equal pay for work of equal value to the forefront.

The global gender pay gap is 23 percent, but in some countries like Malawi this figure is even higher. It will take 70 years to close the gender wage gap (according to the 2016 ILO Report Women at Work).

Reacting to the appointment Kaliya said she was very happy that global institutions are now able to recognise her role in advocating women’s rights.

“This is great for Malawi that she is being represented  in the UN Plaform of Champions. Its a great honour to me and also a pride for the nation,” she said.

According to the list which Nyasa Times has seen, 16 women have been appointed as champions worldwide.

The list contains high profile people like Secretary General of the Amnesty International Mr Salil Shetty from India, famous USA Film maker Kamala Lopez, , Nomasonto Mazibuko (South Africa), Commissioner, Commission on Gender Equality,  Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director of UN Women and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations .

Kaliya will also be rubbing shoulders with UK Labour Party politician, Baroness Sharmishta Chakrabarti.

The Equal Pay Platform of Champions is part of a broader Global Equal Pay Coalition, led by UN Women and the ILO, which advocates for secure laws on equal pay, better parental leave and childcare policies, and minimum living wage.

Before her departure to New York, Kaliya opened a biannual meeting on the implementation of section 11 of the gender equality act 2013 which set calls for the institutions to employ more women in key decision making position.

Kaliya and the delegates took to task various institutions which employs people on different sectors of the economy.

Some of the organizations invited to the meeting included Civil Service Commission, Public Appointment Committee (PAC) of parliament, Department of Human Resources management and development and Malawi Human Rights Commission.

PAC Chair Lingson Berekanyama told the delegates that no woman has failed interviews under his Parliamentary committee.

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2 thoughts on “Malawi gender activist Kaliya lands  UN role on Equal Pay Platform of Champions”

  1. Njunja KJohn says:

    Look at her organization. There is tribalism and regionalism. Only people of her region and home were offered jobs at her organization and now you call her a hero. Shame on you!!! Of the 3 people the writer listed above only the senior Chief deserves the national pride the two two do not. Suppose Kumwenda and Kailya were Southerners how could have northerners responded. How do you want us southerners to respond. To hell with her

  2. Kent Y.G. Mphepo says:

    Congratulations mama Kaliya. You are such a hard worker and focused activist. I personally wish you all the best as you take up this admirable role on the global stage. This only shows that despite being the poorest country in the world, there is hope that one day we will become a great nation. The other day it was Mwawi Kumwenda; a few days ago, it was Senior Chief Kachindamoto of Dedza winning an international award and, today, it is you. Who said Malawians, particularly its women, are not capable?! We are a capable people and let the world know. We just need leaders with a vision to shepherd us to the right direction. I am tired of self-serving leaders who put emphasis on personal gain and not inspiring us to greater heights. We keep going in circles instead of marching forward. Why??? Shall we, for once, become a nation that love our country and begin to develop it like the Kaliyas, the Kumwendas and the Kachindamotos of this world are doing? Shall we stop plundering this country and begin to channel all resources to the education of our talented children, particularly the girl child, like these three great women are showing us? Shall we stop funding our luxury and our political parties using public funds just for the good of our poor people, the majority of whom are living below the poverty line? Shall we stop praising people who are making this country poor and honor people like these who are putting the nation on the world map for their selflessness? Shall we not change our bad laws just to make sure that every Malawian has the opportunity to assert themselves and begin to contribute meaningfully to the task of national development? Shall we not…..?

    Once again, congratulations Madam Kaliya, Senior Chief Kachindamoto and Mwawi Kumwenda. You are making us proud. We all need to learn from you. You are showing us that “yes we can!” Government needs to begin to honor such people in special way so that the more people should hear about their dizzying achievements and begin to push themselves beyond the limit.

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo – Blantyre

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