Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Navicha has launched the African Women Leaders’ Network (AWLN) Malawi Chapter.
Speaking during the launch in Lilongwe yesterday, the minister warned that she will name and shame civil society organisations (CSOs) which do not provide audited accounts of funds and the technical support they receive from local and international donors.
The function was organised by the African Union, Norwegian Embassy, United Nations and the Germany Government.
Said Navicha: “I expect CSOs to sensitise citizens to issues of violence against women and other vulnerable groups, the reporting and referral mechanisms up to prosecution of these cases.”
The minister said it was an honour to be part of the historical launch of the AWLN Malawi chapter—one of the ground-breaking women movements mobilising women leaders in Africa to be agents of change.
The network brings together women leaders to advocate for the realisation of Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want, which envisions an inclusive and people-centred Africa where women and girls have equal opportunities as men and boys.
On her part, UN Women country representative Clara Anyangwe said the network will help to mobilise women on specific goals that will push forward women’s rights.
She said: “We all know that we women are facing many challenges like political participation, access to finance and gender-based violence. I believe women can transform Africa if they are given a chance.”
Speaking during the event, gender activist Emma Kaliya said this is a platform where all generations will meet to dialogue and contribute to different agendas.