Kaliati says Malawi not doing well in the 50-50 gender agenda

Veteran parliamentarian, Patricia Kaliati says Malawi is not doing well in the 50-50 agenda of promoting equal representation of women in decision making positions.

Kaliati: Women are busy pulling each other down

 The former Minister of Gender made the observation in an exclusive interview.
Kaliati, who has maintained the Mulanje West Consitituency since 1999 in a political career that has seen her holding a number of cabinet positions in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) governments has since attributed the development to what she has described as a pull-down-syndrome and
jealousy amongst women which is targeted at progressive women.
“If things are not going well in political parties in as far as promoting women into decision making positions it is because women are bussy pulling down each other. Men have been very supportive to the 50-50 cause yet we find other women being used to disapoint their fellow women’s political abitions by men,” said Kaliati adding,”If we are not doing well in the 50-50 agenda it is not because men are not supporting us but rather because we are busy pulling each other down as women”.
She said it was disapointing to note that while government with support from it development partners was heavily investing on women empowerment, some ‘mis-guided women’ were being used by men to frustrate political ambitions of fellow women.
However, Kaliati was quick to point out that despite the pull-down-syndrome, some women, especially the youthful generations was not doing well in  politics because of the way they presented themselves to the electorolates during their campaign trail.
“When a woman aspires for an elected political position she has to realise that she is picking a public position that puts her at public scrutiny, hence the need for one to ensure that she behaves and carries herself modestly in her community,” she said.
According to the 2014 elections results, there was a drop in the number of women who made it to the national assembly in the 2014 elections as compared to 2009. According to statistics 42 women made it to parliament in 2009 while 32 women were elected as Members of Parliament in 2014.
And according to Gladys Thindwa of the 50-50 Campaign Management agency the decline in the numbers of women that made it to parliament in the 2014 elections is an issue that requires urgent attention.
“Ensuring that women have fair and equal representation in decision making positions is an on-going process. There has been an encrease in the numbers of women in parliament although we noted a decline in the figures in the last elections from 42 in 2009 to 32 in 2014,” said Thindwa.
And speaking in a phone interview, Joyce Chitsulo, Executive Director of Ndi Tsogolo Langa (NTL) a youth orgnisation that has been encouraging young women to take part in politics, said that political parties in the country lucked deriberate policies to ensure that more women are voted into parliament and other politically elected positions.
“Historically the role of women in politics has been reduced to that of dancers and praise singers for men in the country,” said Chitsulo who failed to make it to parliament in the 2014 elections.
Meanwhile the 50-50 campaign management agency is runing a campaign to ensure that more women are voted into decision making positions in next year’s tripartite elections. The campaign will be launced in Lilongwe on Thursday.

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Mphwache
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Mphwache

Indeed, it was also the case with former President Joyce Banda. She did not win because women did not vote for her.

JOSEPH CHAGOMELANA
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WHO LIED TO U THAT WOMAN SHOULD B IMPOWERED?WAS THE BIBLE WRONG WHEN BLACKLISTED WOMEN? OR DONT U KNOW THAT MOST WOMEN R ALL SOURCE OF WORLD’S EVIL ACTIONS?TGE TRUTH IS THAT WHEREVER THERE’S MEN, WOMEN MUST REMAIN SILANCE AND THATS IT.DO U THINK A WOMAN CAN DO THINGS WITHOUT A MAN? OK,CAN U SPELL THE WORD woman WITHOUT man? OR madam WITHOUT adam, female WITHOUT male, &she WITHOUT he?IF U CANT THEN ITS ALSO IMPOSIBLE TO IMPOWER BUT ONLY LOVE THEM.

BANDABANDA
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BANDABANDA

Backward thinking defined by terrible primitivity and mysogyny. On the one hand, there are unsuccessful and dull men in Malawi, Africa and the world. On the other hand, we have intelligent and successful women amidst us – doctors, lawyers, MPs, IT specialists, ministers. Of course, as the inflated men walk in patapata, poor and wanting treatment from women doctors, for example. Women now beat men in class and are successful professionally, business-wise and financially. These women don’t need men to be successful. Look in Malawi, Africa and the world at successful women who have done so without a man. The… Read more »

BANDABANDA
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BANDABANDA

Joseph your thinking is backward.

#DzukaniAmalawi
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#DzukaniAmalawi

Its high time that women realise that until they support each other, they will never achieve the elusive 50-50 gender parity. There more women voters than they are men, so mobilise each other. There is just too much “pull down syndrome” amongst women. If you can’t get your own gender to support you, what chance have you go that men will.

Zam'tonda
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Zam'tonda

Auntie akwathu ku mangulu your silence ushers you into a group of mature politicians so please maintain your distance not out of arrogance remember there is a whole lady in modesty no hollering akweni banja tsopano lidzakukhalani mwakula auntie

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