Ombudsman Chizuma bags ‘Woman of the year’ award: ‘Malawi gender inequality still remains big concern’

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma  who has continued to become “a symbol of hope, courage and professionalism” in as far as driving the crusade against impunity in the country is concerned has been awarded ‘Woman of the year’ award  by Africa Gender  Equality conference 2021.

Chizuma is “tenacious person” especially on things she is very passionate  about, such as justice and fairness.

Announcing the award, the conference pointed out that Chizuma is “tenacious person” especially on things she is very passionate  about, such as justice and fairness.

Chizuma who also bagged the Nyasa Times person of the Year recognition in 2019 is  Malawi’s best Ombudsman so far driven by a deep conviction of professionalism, patriotism, hardwork and integrity and deriving her powers and jurisdiction from Constitution in Section 120, 122(1),123, 124 (a).

She has -within the period she has been at the helm of the Office of the Ombudsman- managed to resuscitate the institution of a public protector to relevance as a governance and oversight institution through implementing progressive strategies such as the “Repositioning Agenda” – which involved shift of focus to investigating maladministration cases in service delivery.

Meanwhile, the  Ombudsman in an open lecture organised by Unicaf University in Lilongwe to mark the International Women’s Day 2021, she said despite all the legal provisions Malawi has, gender inequality still remains a big concern and  there is need to apply existing gender laws and deconstruct prevalent social and gender norms that perpetuate gender inequality in the country.

“We should not have any excuses on why we are failing to promote gender equality,” she said.

“A recent example being that when boards [of directors]were being appointed, the representation of women on those boards left a lot to be desired. We have the laws and we just need to have the decency and the integrity to apply them.

“The Constitution itself has enough protections and provisions guaranteeing equality for women, but hitherto we are not yet there.”

The Ombudsman said Malawi is also party to many international conventions aimed at safeguarding gender equality, but gender inequality is still prevalent because the laws are not fully applied.

In his remarks, Unicaf vice-chancellor Robert Ridley said International Women’s Day is about “recognising the many roles that women play in society and giving them the respect and supporting their empowerment that they can develop their lives and capabilities equitably with the rest of society.”

Ridley said Unicaf has an equitable open admission policy which allows any qualified woman to join the university.

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CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
1 month ago

For those who barely understand legal science find this lady very interesting and very simple particularly her points on a matter under scrutiny. She never engages our minds in jargon. Her word on the complaints is straight it’s important that the security around her is around the clock. Losers have elephantine grudges usually they never forget where their matchet is hidden this lady is a national asset. She shoots from the hip ever gunning for truth. A courageous woman yes Malawi has another legal luminary now awaiting the Chatham House to crown her Global Ombudsman of the Year SADC must… Read more »

Maga
Maga
1 month ago

Professionalism and bravery aside, I admire her simplicity that reflect true african identity. No ziyangoyango mmutu, mmaso, mmilomo, mzala ngati cartoon timawaona.
Congrats Malita and keep it up. Umatinyaditsa mwali

Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
1 month ago

Mayi ameyu afunika pa mpando wa upilizidenti ndithudi.Mayi wa nzeru zaumunthu wokonda dziko lake kufunira a Malawi zabwino .Mayi Chizuma timakunyadirani ndipo pitilizani kugwira nchito yanu yotamandika. Tithkozense a tsogoleri athu amene akulamulira pakali pano chifukwa chothandiza bugwe limeneri ndi chuma kuti zitheke izi. A tsogoleri ena amayiderera ofesi imeneyi mmbuyomu chifukwa cha dyera lawo ndi makobili.

China
China
1 month ago

Well deserved congrats mzimayi opanda mantha knows her job well. Beautiful melanin sister

shaharry
shaharry
1 month ago

Kukhala VP wa SKC bwa. Hahahaha dziko likhodza kutsetsedwa ili. Just a thought to ur comment @Matambiko

Matambiko
Matambiko
1 month ago

My hearty congratulations to Hon. Chizuma for winning Woman of the Year award. She deserves the award and I would like to gladly propose that in the next Presidential election she be considered for the highest office in the land……that of State President.

ABDUL UTHAMAN IMEDI
ABDUL UTHAMAN IMEDI
1 month ago
Reply to  Matambiko

FORGET ABOUT A TUMBUKA VOTED INTO OFFICE OF PRESIDENT THE TUMBUKA JUDGES DESTROYED EVERYTHING A NORTHERNER CANT WIN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION WITHOUT THE SUPPORT OF SOUTHERNERS WHO ARE BEING PERSECUTED BY THE TUMBUKA JUDICIAL SYSTEM THE AGENDA SET THEORY WITH HELP OF CHEWAS WHO CANT VOTE FOR TUMBUKAS .

Mbuzi kusi
Mbuzi kusi
1 month ago

Stupid comment from an idiot, who told you she is tumbuka? Ur hate for tumbukas is highly evident not even on matters that don’t concern them get civilized pliz this woman comes from Zomba and northern region, stupid cadet thinks his greatest poverty is tumbukas, get a life idiot

Maga
Maga
1 month ago
Reply to  Matambiko

Isnt she good at what she is doing. Adzalowe Ndale? mmmmm

Osaopa One
1 month ago
Reply to  Matambiko

Yeah. She can be our candidate. DPP.

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