UN Women laments gender disparities at Malawi Immigration Department

United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has Country Representative, Clara Anyangwe, has lamented poor representation of female employees in decision-making positions in the Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services.

Nyirenda: Indeed we have serious gaps in gender mainstreaming.-Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

She has since challenged the department to empower female employees to enable them take an active role in decision-making processes in a bid to influence and help shape policies for creating a more conducive professional environment for female officers.

Anyangwe made the remarks in Mponela when she opened a three-day training of immigration officers in gender analysis and mainstreaming.

“We all have an obligation to ensure that women occupy their rightful space in the various spheres of life, including the work space, and it is my sincere belief that this training workshop shall significantly contribute to this goal, particularly in the department of immigration and citizenship services,” she said.

Anyangwe stressed that the training workshop was therefore important as it shall equip the immigration officers with knowledge and skills for enhancing the mainstreaming of women’s inclusiveness and participation in the professional space, the department of immigration and citizenship services, in particular.

“The knowledge and skills gained from this training workshop shall culminate in to the formation of the Immigration Women’s Network, which shall in turn enable the women in the department of immigration and citizenship services to create a platform for information sharing and networking among them.

“It will also consolidate the voice of immigration women to lobby for legal and policy reforms in the advancement of gender equality and women empowerment,” she said.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship Services Senior Deputy Director General (Operations), Fletcher Nyirenda, acknowledged the existence of serious gender disparities in the department.

Nyirenda said the department will soon conduct an institutional gender assessment in order to establish the extent to which gender matters have been integrated in its policy documents so that this provides a basis for future interventions.

“The analysis will also help identify gaps and facilitate in the formulation of evidence-based programmatic areas,” he said.

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2 years ago

Do not get surprised. Most countries do the same.Just pay and enjoy our country.

2 years ago

yes go on ladies komaso kodi after getting a malawi visa why visitors got to be paying K5.000 every month after 30 days of stay. ndi zacaniso after a visa in the passport. can someone explain abit.
visa $75.00.
mmmh. zimakhala bwanji because even if this question goes to an immigration officer samayankha amangoti ndi za boma. what about the Visa.
please can you sort the page full visa sticker shiiii. shame shame shame.
tiuzeni zoona.
visa $75
6 months one has to almost K100.00
please can someone ali ndi ndondomeko zoveka auze anthu zisanaphulike.

2 years ago

conducive professional eenvironment services for the female alot being said in this well done. we thought they employ people and give them continous trainngs in their profesion!!! just look at what happens at the airport. watch how you deal with the passengers- as if they are victims of what ,we dont know. opening their suitcases in front of evry staff ,other pasengers, and then just shovel everthing back in the suitcase let alone all what was neatly packed now all over the place and then a bag failing to clse. searching for what we dont know. no scanner from the… Read more »

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
2 years ago

mukuwononga misonkho yathu kumakambilana zachibwana eti? we are watching you folks……….iyiyi ndi nkhani yopita ku sukulu, kufunsila ntchito, nkumalimbikila basi!!!! palibeso zoti Gender gender ayi ndithu. This country has very serious issues to be addressed. zomwe mukupangazi ndi zopusa kwambili. Are we together here????? stupid!

2 years ago
Reply to  Alex mgeni

Yes we are together. Pepani

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