Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has assured women aspirants in Chiradzulu and Phalombe districts of support in their campaign for parliamentary and ward councillor positions in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
Chief gender officer Peter Yeresani gave the assurance in Phalombe on Thursday after meeting female aspirants.
“We know that you have chosen a tough path to contest as members of Parliament [MPs]and councillors. Be assured that the ministry will engage various stakeholders to mobilise support for all female aspirants. The ministry is committed to achieving the 50:50 Campaign,” he said.
In her remarks, ActionAid Malawi executive director Grace Malera said women should not look down upon themselves as they are capable of leading people just like men.
“You can be more focused if you take leading roles. People will recognise your potential when you display leadership qualities,” she told the women.
Centre for Alternatives for Victimised Women and Children (Cavwoc) 50:50 Campaign coordinator Virginia Nyirenda said her organisation has already carried out a mapping exercise to identify women to contest as MPs and councillors.
So far, about 800 women have expressed interest to contest in next year’s elections.