Kafulu Youth Club from Traditional Authority Kayembe in Dowa has launched an initiative to support female aspirants for local government elections and parliamentary seats in the area ahead of the 2025 Tripartite Elections.
The initiative involves empowering the aspirants with means to generate income to fund their campaign activities.
According to the female aspirants, they fail to contest in elections due to lack of financial resources during campaign time.
In an interview, the club’s chairperson Rabson Kadango said they are determined to see women from their area taking up more political positions.
He said: “We have never had a female member of Parliament or councillor despite the majority of people being women and youths.
“We feel that if we put a young woman into one of these positions, it will help us to develop our area.”
Kadango commended Small Producers Development and Transporters Association (Sprodeta) for supporting them with goats which they distributed to the female aspirants.
Sprodeta monitoring and evaluation officer Anna Chikoko said the goats will help the women to raise money for their campaign.
“The women will raise the goats and sell them after they multiply to raise money for their campaign activities,” she said.
One of the aspirants, Matilda Kaunda from Mkwela Village in the area said she wants to contest for local government to help develop her area.
She said: “This area is underdeveloped. I think we need a youthful person to lead people to develop the area.
“For example, we need bridges across rivers because children fail to go to school during the rainy season.”
Chikoko also said she wants to motivate girls to continue with education to fight poverty in their homes.