Ntchisi: A new project aimed atensuring that more young women join and participate in politics has rolled out in six districts of the country, the Malawi New Agency (MANA) has learnt.
The Young Women in Active Politics (YWAP) Project has come against the background of low knowledge and exposure in politics among young women and limited support by political parties and electorates according to its Program Officer, Ruth Mthekana.
The YWAP Project which will be implemented in Ntchisi, Neno, Dowa, Rumphi, Mzimba and Nsanje districts is being run by a consortium of four organizations namely the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD), Danish Church Aid, Women Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC) and Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD).
Speaking during a briefing for members of the Ntchisi District Executive Committee, Mthekana pointed out that the project would be targeting young women aged 15 to 25 in two Traditional Authorities from each of the six districts.
We want to contribute and strengthen genuine democracy in Malawi through inclusion, participation and leadership of women in politics, she said.
Under the European Union funded project which has started this year and will end in December 2020, young women will be trained in politics, gender and democracy and also participate in exchange visits to Denmark.
We want to improve capacity and confidence of young females to enlist and participate actively in political parties of their choice by training and mentoring them, said Mthekana adding the project will also facilitate sharing of experiences and lessons to inspire the young women politicians and increase their political ambitions.
She further explained that the project will help create an enabling environment for young women in the Democratic Progressive Party, Malawi Congress Party, United Democratic Front, Peoples’ Party and Alliance for Democracy, political parties it will be working with.
However, Charity Tseka a member of the Ntchisi District Executive Committee observed that there is need to include independent women candidates in the project, a suggestion which the project team members said would be looked into.
Currently, women representation in the National Assembly is at 16.7 percent.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA