Malawi women demonstrates for gender justice in public appointments

Gender activists, on Friday kicked off demonstrations in Malawi’s major cities of Mzuzu, Lilongwe and Blantyre to protest against the gender imbalance in public appointments following the appointment of few women as board of directors into 67 parastatals.

Activists say there are able women in the country
The protestor carrying a placard
The protestor carrying a placard
Protest is against the violation of the gender equality laws

The women activists charge that the boards are dominated by males, against the provisions of the Gender Act which allows a representation of 40-60 percent for women.

President  Lazarus Chakwera justified low women representation last Monday during his media engagement after clocking 100 days in office but pledged to look into the concerns raised.

Addressing the crowd, one of the organizers for the protests, Wolrec executive director Maggie Kathewera Banda said: “We have been engaging government all along and our protests today is against the violation of the gender equality laws.

“Our protests are to show that we have in the country able women.

Banda has called upon development partners to stand with women groups in the country in pushing the Tonse Alliance administration to be compliant with the Gender Equality Act.

She pointed out that failure by the current administration to appoint enough women into positions is a missed opportunity.

Lawyer Khwima Mchizi said the law is clear and government should not pretend or use the law selectively.

Speaking during the demos  in Lilongwe, Mchizi observed that women should not beg for what is already provided in the law.

He says the law should be respected at all times and not only when it suits those in power.

However, the demos have been characterized by low patronage of women and in some areas men outnumbering women.

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Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
7 months ago

amuna amusowa kwambili i think. inu 50-50 ikukanika ku britain, ku America. muzikwanisa? koyambila ndi ku ma sukulu. kenako kuchilimika pa ntchito and get noticed and recognised. tikatero ndiye tizilowela ku ma board uku. tikumvana? osati poti mwakula thako or mabele ndiye mukhale board member No. azimayi mukuzolowela kupeza zinthu pozela kunyengedwa. muleke zimenezi. tatopa nanu. tipempha mulungu atichosele

Moqtadar Al Sadir
7 months ago

Basitu zatha kasambeni.

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
7 months ago

M’busa onama . Chakwera has lied to malawian women. It shall end in tears

Time Changes, be dynamic
Time Changes, be dynamic
7 months ago

Somethings will really never change. Upto now we still have species that do not believe in merit. Women especially from my mother Malawi ought to realise by now that running government business requires placing the right personnel in the right positions. What is the ‘right personnel’ is what many of you do not understand. 1. Do you share the same ideologies with the current government? 2.. Will you be in a position to champion what this government wants once given a position in any of the boards among the statutory organisations? 3. Have you ever availed yourself as one of… Read more »

Bauleni12
Bauleni12
7 months ago

A load of bullshit. In a country of 19 million, you want to tell us Tonse government can’t find suitable women in their camp to occupy meagre 40% Of positions? Shutup man.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

bwanji tipemphe nao a nduna oona za miseu, ma civil engineers etc kha ndaniwo tione momwe M1 road tingaujudulile ukhale ndi 2 way lane. magalimoto aculukitsa muziko muno.taona zimacitika from bunda turnoff towards the city. nde tikumane ndi ma business people pa wakawaka etc then anjinga!!! a minibus bakili muluzi timanyesa pololeza free trade olo zinali zabwinoko koma sanali ndi masomphenya. kulongosola za miseu. pano anthu akukhala ndi 10 cars etc oseo azienda miseu yake itiyo. then pa dziko pathu pano pagwa ma truck oti akatsogozana 6 iwe kulephera kudutsa. zinkakomera a convoy ya 42 cars kuenda opanda overtake i… Read more »

Gee
Gee
7 months ago

Azimayi ndikuona apotu madameji okhaokha

Mpakateni
7 months ago

Mukungotaya nthawi palibe chichitike. Dikirani muone ngati achite advertise ntchito ya wamkulu waku MRA. Poyambira padzakhala pamenepo, apo bii mwauponda, zinali za pa kampeni.

Atupele
Atupele
7 months ago

Kodi Maggie Kathewera ndi wankazi? Koma maonekedwedi apusitsadi eti…….

Shonai
7 months ago

A Brian Banda paja zija mumakonda kusonkhezera Moto zoterezi.Chibanzi Cha bloka pakamwa.

Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson
7 months ago

I’d advise these women together with their male lawyer to just come up with a proposed board which is perfectly 40:60 so that it takes account of the so qualified women that the president missed. You don’t point out a flaw without proper solution. Maybe then we can say they’re right.

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