The Public Affairs Committee (PAC), a quasi-religious body and governance watchdog, has put its full support towards a 50:50 campaign to increase the numbers of women in politics ahead of the 2019 Tripartite Elections.
PAC Chairperson, Dr Felix Chingota declared PAC support during the meeting with The 50-50 Campaign Management Agency, a consortium of civil society organisations (CSOs) running the campaign.
Chingota said PAC recognizes the importance of women and their role in the development of the country.
“As PAC we will support the 50:50 Campaign and what is needed is that you should give us more information on the same,” said Chingota.
Chingota said PAC will advocate in their prayer houses on the need to vote for women.
He said PAC will soon be meeting to strategise on the way forward.
Action Aid Malawi (AAM) executive director Grace Malera commended PAC for its interest to support the campaign.
Malera admitted that there are some issues which women themselves need to address before other people can come in.
“For example women have to stop the pull her down syndrome and start supporting each other,” said Malera.
Despite the campaign by on 50:50 Members of Parliament representation has not been impressive.
The 50-50 Campaign Management Agency comprises Centre for Civil Society Strengthening and AAM, who have come up with a variety of innovations to ensure more women win in the 2019 elections.
The campaign has since planned to create an incubator for women to express themselves as they aspire to enter political leadership as well as offering trainings for women aspirants on to enhance their profiles, communicate better and advocate for more spaces for women in decision making.
The 50-50 Campaign is due to be launched on April 6 2018 and has received a K1.1 billion financial support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :