Women leaders are ‘risk takers’ -Joyce Banda speaks at UN

Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda says women leaders are “risk takers; they are honest; and that they care about the people they serve”.

Former Malawi president Joyce Banda was a panellist at UN fora on women

Former Malawi president Joyce Banda was a panellist at UN fora on women

Banda on the panel

Banda on the panel

“Women appoint fellow women and focus on big projects as well as on small social projects that touch women’s lives,” former President Banda said when she was a panellist at the UN Headquarters in New York, the United States of America (USA).

The panel discussion was held UN, where women from around the globe are meeting at the annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW).

CWS takes place every year around the International Women’s Day.

Countries around the world have just commemorated the annual World Women Day, which falls on March 8. The day was punctuated by various activities as women took the opportunity to celebrate ‘Beijing’ after 20 years.

As a panellist, former President Banda’s presentation centred on the advantages of women leadership with regard to Beijing agreements. It touched on three parameters—women participation in leadership, educating girls and economic empowerment.

She also discussed the five pillars that she feels every female leader should pay attention to such as the generation of income (business) particularly for rural women, education for the girl child, maternal health – HIV/Aids, leadership and women’s rights.

Said Banda: “The world must create space for young leaders. Young leaders should keep the fire burning as their empowerment is work in progress and there is still a lot to be done.

“They must take over from us. Fellow women must be appointed to senior positions and they must be willing to take risks take risks. They must be inclusive on issues of national importance and allow men to be part of the discussion because you need them for implementation.”

Organized by the London School of Economics, the meeting gives women a rare opportunity to share experiences; highlight their achievements; and take stock of their failures.

It also afforded them the latitude to highlight some of the challenges they are likely to encounter in implementing the Beijing Plan of Action and map the way forward from the lessons drawn.

The meeting also discussed women in leadership, especially in public office. The meeting was entitled ‘CSW Above the Parapet – Women in Public Office – Learning from Women who reached the top’.

The recommendations from this meeting will feed into the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals.

In the light of CSW focus on the Beijing Platform for Action, including current challenges for its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment, the meeting shared emerging lessons and heard from women about their own journeys.

The London School of Economics launched the Above the Parapet project last October to capture the experiences of senior women, who have shaped public life. It aims to identify the contexts and individual factors that shape women’s journeys into senior life in several fields.

In 2012, Banda became the first female Head of State in Malawi and Southern Africa and second in Africa after President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia.

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Chigayo
Guest

Next presidential election people from outside malawi will vote for you because that’s where your heart is,however maula prison waiting for you Peter anagonako because of you.

Witness
Guest

This woman is a devil .Iam a woman who is in business and if there is a ime i suffered its her time.She loves women who worships her not us who work hard.Who voted for you RISK TAKER?I voted for Bingu and then Peter wamva?Zogwelazo.Get your own vote mama.

Mwandiputa Dala
Guest

Mukasowa nkhani mungoti ziii basi#

Jihad John
Guest

JB, Senzani, Getrude Muthalika ku NAC, etc. Risk takers indeed

Phwado
Guest

Just come back home mama,your “freedom corner” is waiting for you here!Kkkkkk!

david
Guest

HHEEEEE

sabiti
Guest

DPP you on the drivers seat whatelse do u want from JB, you are the archtectures of cashgate 92billion wat are u doing about it?

Phodogoma
Guest
Women leders are risk takers indeed. So you were a risk take a leader of Malawi by creating CASHGATE. You gave birth to cashgate and that child is still giving pains and general sufferings to innocent Malawians. You are a very bad woman who stole our money without initiating any development. Please JB come back and defend yourself in the court of law. You a woman crook of the world. How long it may take, you will know the roll of INTERPOL globally. You will fly to Malawi in a wingless and chairtless plane one day by INTERPOL. The world… Read more »
Chrispine Salanje
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mama JB we love you

Mweneku Muzi
Guest

So what does Malawi benefit from that……shupiti

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