Kasungu: Governance, Gender and Justice Development Centre (GGJDC), a local nongovernment organization working on women empowerment, on Wednesday organized an interface meeting between aspiring councilors in Kasungu and women leaders, mentors and role models in the district.
The aim of the interface meeting was to instill confidence and build capacity of the women aspirants ahead of 2019 polls.
The meeting brought out women holding public positions to encourage the aspirants as well as Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) and National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) Trust officials who took them through the electoral process.
Kasungu Police Officer in Charge (OC), Effie Sato, who is one of the three women ranked as Deputy Commissioner of Police in the Malawi Police Service (MPS), told the aspiring women councilors to have self-belief and be courageous to face the competition.
Taking her turn, District Labour Officer (DLO), Olive Panyanja, advised the aspiring women councilors never to relent or back off from the contest because of political mudslinging.
People will always call you names because you have stood up to contest. Always move forward and do not relent because of what other people will think or say of you, she said.
GGJDC Projects Officer, Grace Makuti, said the organization conducted the meeting to enlighten the aspiring women councilors on various issues to ensure they are well prepared for the elections.
We want them to be conversant with roles of councilors, the electoral cycle, community mobilization and public speaking as we prepare them for the 2019 elections, she said.
GGJDC is implementing a Women Empowered 4 Leadership (WE4L) project with funding from HIVOs
The project seeks to encourage women to take up leadership positions in public service or politics.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA