Cecilia Chivunga, Project Officer for Tovwirane Women Empowered for Leadership (WE4L) programme was speaking at a Multi-Party Liaison Committee Meeting held at Ekwendeni.
“We are encouraging women to participate in the 2019 Tripartite Elections especially by contesting as Councilors in all the T/As in Mzimba District. One of the issues which is hindering women from leadership is the issue of gender-based and political violence during the campaigns.
“Today, we wanted to hear from the leaders of the five political parties DPP, UDF, AFORD, PP, MCP on what strategies they have put in place to help women campaign freely and to ensure that they have given an equal platform for both men and women to participate in the 2019 Tripartite Elections,” said Chivunga.
National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE Trust) Northern Region Civic Education Officer Vincent Kalawa asked political leaders to ensure that they create a favourable environment where women can vote without fear of violence as well as contest freely for elected positions.
“Women need to be given space. Let us give a chance to women to participate in voting. When people are injured, it is women who have to stay in hospitals and take care of the sick,” Kalawa said.
The MPLC Meeting themed: “Say no to political violence” was sponsored by Tovwirane with support from the Dutch Government through Hivos Southern Africa Hub. The Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) formed the Multi-Party Liaison Committees in 2002 to assist in resolving inter-party conflicts and to promote ethical conduct of political parties in Malawi.