Ministry calls for increased women representation in politics

Lilongwe: Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has said the 50: 50 campaign project is aimed at raising awareness to the public to increase the representation of women in politics during the 2019 tripartite elections.

Minister responsible, Dr Jean Kalilani said this Monday in Lilongwe during press briefing on the launch of 50: 50 campaign slated for Thursday, May 3,2018 at Masintha ground in Lilongwe.

She noted that the 2014 elections saw the representation of women in parliament drastically being reduced to 16 per cent which is not health to the political development process of the country.

Kalilani said the campaign would provide a platform for political parties and other actors to make commitments on what they will do to increase women’s representation during the 2019 tripartite elections.

As a ministry we are ready to engage political parties to ensure pragmatic mainstreaming of women in politics and change societal stereotypical perceptions about women involvement in politics among our society in general, the Minister pointed out.

She said under the banner of 50: 50 campaign, key milestones have been made such as inclusion of gender component in the electoral Cycle project and participation of the ministry and Un Women in its Technical working group and steering committee,

The foundation of the 50:50 management agency, a consortium of experts that is helping the ministry to have an efficient and effective campaign. This will Increase engagement with the media on awareness raising. it is rolling out Digital campaign that targets social media platforms to reach out wider audiences, Kalilani explained.

She added that key messages have being developed in line with approved Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) messages.

The Minister said her Ministry has established One top Centre and women leader’s corners in 28 National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) offices where mentorship, hand holding and coaching would be harnessed across the country.

Kalilani recognized the Royal Norwegian government, European Union, UN Family Hivos, Oxfam, NBS Bank and FDH Bank for the financial contribution for a successful campaign.

She appealed to political parties, media and other key stakeholders to be part of the launch and the entire campaign,

Let me thank the media for taking keen interest in reporting gender issues including 50:50 campaign activities whose aim is to achieve 50: 50 gender targets during the 2019 tripartite elections, Kalilani acknowledged,

UN Women Resident Representative, Clara Anyangwe said promotion of equality between women and men in politics is accepted globally.

She said for sustainable development to take place in any country women need to be given decision making position in order for them to contribute positively to the improvement of people’s lives.

Women are normally subjected to intimidation, violence and threat once they show interest to participate in politics and this need to be safe guarded if the country political landscape is to change for the better, Anyangwe observed.

She said women need to be give bar rightful platform in politics for them to make positive contributions towards the communities their serve.

Chairperson for Parliament Women Caucus of Parliament, Jessie Kabwila noted that the country would not progress if women are left out in the political development of the country,

She said her committee is making all the efforts to make sure that the current 32 women parliamentarians should return their seats in the next elections regardless of their political affiliations.

We are looking at the women parliamentarians that were in parliament before and we want them to return and have new ones in the fold in order to make a strong women force in parliament, Kabwila stated.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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Ministry calls for increased women representation in politics

Lilongwe: Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has said the 50: 50 campaign project is aimed at raising awareness to the public to increase the representation of women in politics during the 2019 tripartite elections.

Minister responsible, Dr Jean Kalilani said this Monday in Lilongwe during press briefing on the launch of 50: 50 campaign slated for Thursday, May 3,2018 at Masintha ground in Lilongwe.

She noted that the 2014 elections saw the representation of women in parliament drastically being reduced to 16 per cent which is not health to the political development process of the country.

Kalilani said the campaign would provide a platform for political parties and other actors to make commitments on what they will do to increase women’s representation during the 2019 tripartite elections.

As a ministry we are ready to engage political parties to ensure pragmatic mainstreaming of women in politics and change societal stereotypical perceptions about women involvement in politics among our society in general, the Minister pointed out.

She said under the banner of 50: 50 campaign, key milestones have been made such as inclusion of gender component in the electoral Cycle project and participation of the ministry and Un Women in its Technical working group and steering committee,

The foundation of the 50:50 management agency, a consortium of experts that is helping the ministry to have an efficient and effective campaign. This will Increase engagement with the media on awareness raising. it is rolling out Digital campaign that targets social media platforms to reach out wider audiences, Kalilani explained.

She added that key messages have being developed in line with approved Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) messages.

The Minister said her Ministry has established One top Centre and women leader’s corners in 28 National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) offices where mentorship, hand holding and coaching would be harnessed across the country.

Kalilani recognized the Royal Norwegian government, European Union, UN Family Hivos, Oxfam, NBS Bank and FDH Bank for the financial contribution for a successful campaign.

She appealed to political parties, media and other key stakeholders to be part of the launch and the entire campaign,

Let me thank the media for taking keen interest in reporting gender issues including 50:50 campaign activities whose aim is to achieve 50: 50 gender targets during the 2019 tripartite elections, Kalilani acknowledged,

UN Women Resident Representative, Clara Anyangwe said promotion of equality between women and men in politics is accepted globally.

She said for sustainable development to take place in any country women need to be given decision making position in order for them to contribute positively to the improvement of people’s lives.

Women are normally subjected to intimidation, violence and threat once they show interest to participate in politics and this need to be safe guarded if the country political landscape is to change for the better, Anyangwe observed.

She said women need to be give bar rightful platform in politics for them to make positive contributions towards the communities their serve.

Chairperson for Parliament Women Caucus of Parliament, Jessie Kabwila noted that the country would not progress if women are left out in the political development of the country,

She said her committee is making all the efforts to make sure that the current 32 women parliamentarians should return their seats in the next elections regardless of their political affiliations.

We are looking at the women parliamentarians that were in parliament before and we want them to return and have new ones in the fold in order to make a strong women force in parliament, Kabwila stated.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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