President Peter Mutharika has admitted that some of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with a gender connotation will not be achieved by this year, 2015.
Mutharika made the observation when he presided over the launch of HeForShe campaign at the Parliament Building in Lilongwe on Thursday.
The HeForShe campaign is a global aimed to mobilize men and boys as advocates and agents of change in ending the persistent inequalities faced by women and girls globally.
“My Government is aware that the Millennium Development Goals 1, 2, 3 and 5 will not be achieved by 2015 and they all have a gender connotation.
“I strongly believe that 2015 is the year for stock taking and re-strategising on how to ensure accelerated progress towards the attainment of gender equality and women empowerment in the post-2015 Malawi agenda,” said Mutharika.
He further observed that gender equality and women empowerment is not only a women’s problem, but it is a human rights issue which calls for the full support and participation of men and boys.
According to him, there are gaps between women and men in education; employment; and politics and that men and boys strongly oppose the efforts being made to level the play field for equal competition
Mutharika then pledged to promote gender equality and women empowerment and also to ensure that women and men are equal and have the right to equal opportunities in employment, decision making, politics, private sector, public life, religious and civil society undertakings.
His also stated that his government is committed to achieving the provisions of the Gender Equality Act; the SADC Protocol on Gender and Development; and the African Union Charter on the Rights of Women.
He further asked the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (Patricia Kaliati) to ensure that the 2015 year of women is marked with a number of activities which promote gender equality and women empowerment and rights as country move towards the achievement of the 2063 African Union Agenda.
The AU agenda 2063 aims at narrowing the gap between women and men in the region and in its Members States.
“I urge every Malawian man and boy in particular to reverse the trend and we should be the ones urging our sisters, aunts, mothers and daughters to carry the mantle and run ahead of us.
“Gender equality and women empowerment is the co-existence between the women and men, girls and boys in a space which provides equal opportunities for both sexes to enjoy their rights, achieve their dreams, aspirations and contribute to the sustainable development of Malawi,” said Mutharika.
He also claimed that his government’s commitment to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women is demonstrated by the domestication of the international instruments in the Constitution which enshrines the Bill of Rights in Chapter 4; Section 24 which provides for equality.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :