Dedza: ActionAid says it has rolled out a campaign in Dedza lobbying for support from political parties and other stakeholders to empower more women to actively participate in politics to be elected in leadership positions.
Speaking in an interview after an orientation meeting with political party leaders, aspiring women candidates for 2019 polls and other stakeholders in Dedza, Programs Coordinator for ActionAid, Mary Nyasalu, said 52 percent of people in Malawi are women but they are not well represented in politics.
It is sad to note that though Malawi has a high percentage of women when it comes to politics it is men who actively participate in politics and get elected into leadership positions.
We are meeting political party leaders, the women themselves, and other stakeholders so that they can help in doing sensitisation to encourage more women to actively participate in politics so as to be elected in leadership positions, Nyasulu said.
She however said the organisation understands that there are challenges that are preventing women from actively engaging in politics saying they have planned mentorship sessions with women in the district as a way of helping them overcome such challenges.
She said the mentorship sessions are aimed at helping women build self-confidence, self-esteem and as well as equipping them with public speaking skills.
Making a contribution during the meeting, one of the aspiring candidates for Dedza South Constituency, Anne Kadzanja, said hostile environment in political parties, lack of financial resources and self-esteem are some of the challenges women face in politics.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA