Democracy Works Foundation (DWF) has called on political parties in Malawi to consider young women for top leadership positions.
The foundation’s Chief of Party, Augustine Magolowondo, made the call during a meeting with governors and youths in Dowa.
Malawi is ranked 116 out of 153 nations in the World Economic Forum’s 2020 Global Gender Gap index.
Since the country’s general election in 2019, women have held 22.9 percent of seats in parliament, according to the Inter-Parliamentary Union, although Malawi has a target of between 30 and 50 percent women’s representation like many Commonwealth countries.
While UTM governor in Dowa West, Joseph Kapiza, said his party was open for youths to take leadership positions, DPP governor for Dowa East, Abraham Jalafi, said political positions were not for ‘babies’, saying youths needed training before assuming such positions.
Meanwhile, political party leaders in Dowa have hailed Dan church Aid and Norwegian Church Aid for facilitating a project dubbed ‘Young Women in Active Politics (YWAP)’.
The political leaders said that the project had encouraged young women to actively take part in political affairs in their respective communities.
The project was aimed at ensuring young women participate in politics while urging political parties to provide enabling environment for young women to lead.
Funded by the European Union (EU), the project is being implemented in Rumphi, Dowa, Ntchisi, Mzimba, Nsanje and Neno districts.
Source: Democracy Works Foundation
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