Chilima urges Malawi women to speak with one voice: Calls for  stiffer punishment for sex offenders

Vice President Saulos Chilima has appealed to women in the country to speak with one voice on matters affecting them as opposed to pulling each other  down or succumbing to the divide and rule traps set on them.

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima speaking at the event
Some Action Aid Maalawi Representatives during the Women Lawyers Association meeting at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres speaking during the Women Lawyers Association meeting at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
The 2nd Lady Mary Chilima (L) with out-going President of the Women Lawyers Association, Tadala Chimkwezule during a meeting at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima and the 2nd lady Mary Chilima taking photograph after the Women Lawyers Association meeting at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres (L) with the Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima (R) during the Women Lawyers Association at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) By Daniel Namwini-Mana
Group Photograph for Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima (C) with representatives from Women Lawyers Association at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana
Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima (R) with Action Aid Malawi CEO after the Women Lawyers Association meeting at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe. Pic (C) by Daniel Namwini-Mana

Chilima was speaking in Lilongwe Saturday when he attended an inaugural networking meeting for the Women Lawyers Association held under the theme; Women Lawyers in the evolving legal landscape.

“Form a block and speak with one voice. Do not be the first pull fellow women. Do not succumb to the divide and rule traps that are meant to divide you. Always speak with one voice on issues affecting you,” said Chilima.

Specifically, commenting on the rising cases of sexual assualts and other gender-based-violence, Chilima urged the association to advance calls to have laws that spell out stiffer punishment for rapists.

“A strong legislation with stiff punishment for rapists is what we need if this nonsense has to stop. We must all work towards that direction,” he said.

Earlier, the Vice President declared his support for the association and described WLA as the beginning of a new era for women lawyers in the country.

“A new era in which people realise that equality, equal justice and equality of opportunity are complex ideas, difficult to implement but achievable through sustained efforts of those committed like it is the case with the women lawyers,” he said.

On a lighter note, the Vice President the only time he has been closest to being a lawyer was when he stood in the witness box for days during the election nullification case.

To that effect, Chilima also paid tribute to the women lawyers for the critical role they played to the case as friends of the court as well as other cases.

“Topping the list is the Constitutional Electoral Case, then we have the Judicial Independence Case, the COVID 19 (Lockdown) case, and the Msundwe case pertaining to 18 women and girls where the court found that their rights were violated,” he said.

Chilima assured the women lawyers and other human rights defenders the Tonse Alliance administration will remain steadfast in ensuring that they are protected in the course of doing their work.

Executive Director of Action Aid, Assan Golowa said the organization was thrilled to see WILA rising up against the injustices women and girls are encountering on daily basis saying the organization will continue funding initiatives that favour women rights.

UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torresaid the status quo was worrisome that there was huge increase of women and girl’s rights violations across the world despite many efforts made to deter the vice.

“You would all agree that 2020 has been unprecedented year even before Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s shocking and very sad to report that women abuse is at the increase, rape and defilement is among the worst and sad to say that Malawi is not an exception. Let us not relent in defending rights and seeking justice for our women,” she appealed meanwhile thanking government for the steps being taken to address the challenges.

The event which started with a buffet and informal interaction was held under the theme ‘Women in Law the Evolving Legal Landscape’

The Women Lawyers Association was formed to advance the rights of women and children in Malawi.

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nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

Great. tiyambile onse a kumbuyoku omwe anadziwika kupanga zauvezi koma sanalangidwe to come forward please.
boss waku MASM ali still scotfree be???

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

ma fotographer coonde try to be professionals. anthu kuunjikana kungoonetsa mitu ngati akusuzumila and short people kumbuyo aatali kutsogolo . dongosolo pan’gono bwa

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