Lilongwe: Chairperson of Social and Community Affairs Committee of Parliament, Chimwendo Banda said the 50: 50 campaign would achieve its objectives if all political parties would to level the playing field.
He said this Monday in Lilongwe when he made a contribution to the press conference addressed by Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare ahead of 50: 50 campaign launch on Thursday at Masintha ground.
Banda observed that very few political parties are willing to have women in decision making positions within their political structures.
Political parties are key stakeholders in this 50:50 campaign and there is need for political will among parties to allow women to advance their position careers. Unless parties change their way of doing things the attainment of this will be a toll order, he viewed.
Banda noted that since many political parties are gearing the for the 2019 tripartite elections and are expected to hold convention it would be seen how they would incorporate women by electing them into leadership position.
I can assure look at all political parties in the country how many women at in the National Executive Committee (NEC). If there any what is the per cent of their representation to those parties, the Chairperson pointed out.
He said women should be given decisions making positions because they are capable of deliver to the people their serve no otherwise.
I would wish to face a very strong woman in the forthcoming elections in my constituency and I will be happy to lose to such woman rather than a weak one. We need more women representation in parliament because their contributions are essential and fundamental to the wellbeing on many societies, Banda added.
He said chief and religious leaders have a role to ensuring that their communities are sensitives o the importance of having women representation in parliament so that they need to have an informal choice before the polling day,
Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of science and technology, (MUST), Address Malaya said the academics are ready to provide capacity building programmes to women aspirants.
We can train then in public speaking, planning and how to articulate issues affecting their communities in order to building their reputation, she said.
Malate said the academics are ready to work with the media to promote women particularly those living in the remote areas of the country.
If we want to increase women participation in politics, the girl child need to be provide with education so that should be able to stand on her on in society without being looked down upon, she observed.
Team leader of 50: 50 campaign management agency, Viwemi Chavula said the campaign should target the voter to change their mindset to view a women as capable as a man in order to serve them
He said it has been observed the women fail to cope with the political dimension due to dirty tricks men in politics paly.
We want to break this barrier and empower women to overcome such dirty tricks and enable them to be recognize in society that they are capable of development if given a chance to be in a decision making position. We need to provide support and encourage them not to shy away from joining politics, Chavula added,
Senior Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje and Chief Dzoole of Dowa said that chiefs in the country, they have embraced the 50: 50 campaign concept that they would provide support to women aspirants.
They said for the country to develop further there was need to include more women to participate in decision making position and allow them to be involved in political landscape of their communities.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA