Malawi women have spoken: All sectors—Govt, NGOs, CSOs, private sector must now act

Friday, October 9, 2020, will go down in history as one of the most important days in the country’s continued struggles aimed at achieving gender justice.
In gender justice, what we aim to achieve is to have a society that doesn’t discriminate against any gender.
Where  we are standing today, things aren’t still all rosy.
Despite being a second country in Africa to produce a female Head of State, the situation on the ground—especially with female representation in key positions of influence—is still uninspiring.
We are still running a country through sidelining several educated and capable women in our midst.
In fact, when we point fingers at the underrepresentation of women in key leadership positions, it doesn’t make sense to limit that finger to public offices only.
Yes, President Lazarus Chakwera hasn’t been inspiring in how he has constituted his government by dominating it with men.
Yes, we are told, there are legislative demands that dictate President Chakwera to apportion specific shares to women when appointing people in public offices.
However, we feel the argument we must all advance must be two-fold: One, that Chakwera must appoint more women not because the law says so, but because we have women who are able and must not be ignored; two, it should not just be Chakwera—but all sectors of our society.
We must begin to police even the CSOs, NGOs, private sector, the academia, the media and all other areas that attract key leadership issues. We need women there to be considered.
Government is not the only actor in recruiting personnel. We must police and question every actor and it’s only through that where real change can happen.
Otherwise, we at Nyasa Times applaud the women and men who took to the streets on Friday to raise a voice that, in all intents and purposes, was meant to make us a better society.

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ngulenjeti
ngulenjeti
8 days ago

I have loved your article but I think you also need to ask yourself and those organisation fighting for gender equality if you too are not doing he samething as government yourself. To begin with the organisations that are fighting for gender equality are having many men than women in their offices and your oganisation too is the same thing. Now the question is are you walking the talk

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 days ago

Chakwera hates women with passion. Even if you look at the women he has hired as PS very small number and the women he has hired in his cabinet are either related to him or related to somebody he knows not that they are capable. When it comes to evaluation his cabinet will compete on mirage covered b3cause there is nothing they are doing apart from travelling and claiming allowances..I think among the ministers the most travelled minister is Kaliati, seconded by Chiponda.

Fake Petros
Fake Petros
8 days ago
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Proponents of this agenda are DPP bitches who were used to be awarded easy prestigious contracts after sleeping DPP THUGS headed by the Prince of Thieves himself. Please Drs Chakwera and Chilima do not entertain bottom power in awarding of contracts or promotion,. No more nepotism, cronyism. SEODI and colleagues are beind this ominous agenda. Azimayi a chonchi olio ma banja ndi azungu eni ake a democracy zimawakanika
Just ignore these DPP BITCHES.

Jesta
Jesta
10 days ago

Bravo Nyasatimes. The only voice of reason.

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