Zomba Central Parliamentarian Patricia Kainga Nangozo has been elected chairperson for Gender Equality, Women Advancement and Youth Development Committee under SADC Parliamentary Forum.
She was elected during the Forum’s joint-committees meeting in Johannesburg’s OR Thabo, Southern Sun Hotel in South Africa last week. The meeting ran from 9th to 13th May, 2016.
Kainga Nangozo is expected to head the committee for the next two years, and as chairperson, she will be looking into issues of women and youth as well as advocating for the rights of the women and youth in the region.
“As a committee we will be making resolutions which will be favourable for women and youths to be adopted by national parliaments. To ensure that the protocols which Malawi is a signatory to on gender equality and youth development are implemented,” explained Kainga in an interview.
She described the appointment as great achievement for her as a person and for Malawi as a country, pledging to contribute positively and make an impact on issues affecting women and the youth in the region.
“I was a youth before and now am a woman. I know what these two classes of people go through. I would love to see their rights being respected and getting what is entitled for them. I would like to see women being powered and youths achieving their goals in the region and Malawi in particular”.
Kainga who is also a member of government’s assurance and public sector reforms team and Parliamentary Women Caucus, further pledged to put much emphasis and focus on the need for countries in the SADC region to achieve 50-50 women empowerment.
“I would like to see women in Malawi and the rest of the region being put in high positions because we are sure that women can deliver. I will try as much as possible to engage the executive committee to help us in implement pending issues which are relevant for women and the youths.
“We will make sure that we tackle and include issues affecting different classes of women because our main focus is also to reach out to the rural woman who is denied access to the basic things of this life. We will also ensure that the youth are protected and are able to contribute to the development of our region,” she added.
She then called on SADC member countries to put up deliberate policies on job creation to reach out to all classes of youths considering that majority of young people in Africa are unemployed.
“We have realized that youth share the same problems; whether rich or poor, rural or urban we want sustainable job creation for our youths. Our national parliaments in collaboration with the executive arm of government should assist us to achieve the best we can”.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :