Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development Grace Chiumia on Thursday launched the 50:50 Campaign in Mzuzu with a plea for men to pave the way for women to take up decision-making positions.
Speaking during the launch of the Mzuzu 50:50 Campaign at Mbawemi Women’s Forum, the minister appealed to men in Mzuzu to take a leading role in promoting the campaign.
She also advised women to stop pulling each other down, observing that most of the time women fail to succeed in life because they do not support each other.
“It is possible for women to take 50 percent of parliamentary or local government positions. What we need is first to trust God then have the courage to participate. You also need to come up with good manifestos. The electorate wants solutions to issues affecting them,” Chiumia said.
Mzuzu City Deputy Mayor Alexander Mwakikunga said it is saddening to see that women, who form a larger part of the population, have less political representation.
Malawi is promoting the 50:50 Campaign for the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections to increase women’s participation in politics.