Dan Church Aid (DCA) has introduced a project called Young women in Active Politics (Ywap) that seeks to empower young women in active politics in Mzimba through the Young Women Active Groups (Ywag).
Speaking in Mzimba on Friday when briefing members of political parties, women aspirants, youths and Ywag members, DCA project manager Wezzie Masimbe said the project will focus on empowering young women, especially in rural areas, to take part in leadership positions and contest in the upcoming May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.
She said: “We have created [Ywag] groups in all the constituencies that will be helping us to deliver and campaign for young female aspirants at grassroots level.
“We have already trained these groups and we believe as they go back to their respective communities, they will be able to educate them on the need to scale up women representation on the political scene.
Mzimba Ywag chairperson Idah Chikota-Shaba, who is also Democratic Progressive Party-DPP Mzimba Mperekezi Ward aspiring councillor, urged people in the district to end perceptions that women are underperformers in public offices.
DCA is implementing the two-year Ywap Project in partnership with Women’ Legal Resource Centre, Centre for Multiparty Democracy and Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy with funds from the European Union.