Rights Body to Engage Top Women Appointees

The Women Manifesto Movement plans to engage women who have recently been appointed to top government positions to discuss with them how best they can serve the nation.

In the recent months, a number of women have risen in the ranks of government ministries, departments and agencies, the most recent appointment being that of Merlyn Yolamu, who is now the Inspector General of Police.

Babra Banda, Chairperson for the movement told Zodiak Online the engagements are aimed at elevating the leadership of women to excel as they carry out their duties.

“We know that the foundation is critical so we cannot waste time, we will start engaging them immediately to find out their calendars and then we will see how to move in with them, it will take many forms of engaging with them,” said Banda.

On its part, the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) says Malawi is on the right track toward achieving Sustainable Development Goal number seven on women’s empowerment.

MHRC Executive Secretary Habiba Osman said in an interview that sustaining such gains has been a challenge.

Said Osman, “What we need to do is to make sure that we sustain the momentum by appointing women on merit, it is very good that we are now seeing some sort of balance.”

Malawi’s Gender Equality Act requires a 60-40 representation of either men or women in any service in the public sector.

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