MALAWI: GENDER/MBC/19/7/18 SABANews 1
NKHOTAKOTA – The GENDER GOVERNANCE JUSTICE AND DEVELOPMENT CENTRE in MALAWI says there is need to train women for competition in the political arena.
Programs Officer GRACE MAKUTI has addressed delegates in NKHOTAKOTA Town this week at a training for women aspiring to compete for positions in the 2019 General Elections.
She says her group wants to propel more female politicians to decision-making positions in Parliament as well as councils, and the training aims to teach them effective ways to compete.
MBC News quotes Ms MAKUTI as also saying the strategy of having more women candidates will allow the electorate to have a wider choice during voting.
However, she has dismissed statements from some commentators who say grooming more women aspirants will divide the vote for female candidates.
Ms MAKUTI says they are working with FIVE main political parties including the ruling DEMOCRATIC PROGRESSIVE PARTY, in order to fish out the best persons.
The other FOUR are opposition MALAWI CONGRESS PARTY; UNITED DEMOCRATIC FRONT; both former ruling groups, PEOPLES PARTY, and ALLIANCE FOR DEMOCRACY.
NKHOTAKOTA Boma Ward Councillor SPIDER NKHOMA says it is time communities understood women should get chances to take leading roles, and men should support them as well.
The Councillor, who says he is not standing this time around, to allow a female contestant space, says women should in turn learn to appreciate they can shine through their friends; because the pull-down syndrome will not take them anywhere.
MBC News also says ONE of the female aspirants for BUA Ward, CORTESHER MBEWE, has asked people of goodwill to support women with resources for conducting campaigns.
She says they are competing with men who have adequate funds to convince people, so women need backing to win people over.
The national broadcaster says 42 female politicians have shown interest to contest as councillors and MPs in NKHOTAKOTA Town during the 2019 elections.
The Central MALAWI district currently has only TWO female Members of Parliament, while all councillors are male./Sabanews/cam