Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC), Colleen Zamba, says unpacking the real challenges fueling women’s underrepresentation in Africa’s development trajectory is key when designing strategies to address the challenges.
Zamba made the remarks during her participation in a high-level panel discussion organized by IDinsight in collaboration with Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Presidential Centre for Women and Development, on the sidelines of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
The SPC spoke on gender parity in Malawi and how Malawi President, Dr Lazarus Chakwera, who is also a Gender Champion has performed on the same.
Zamba indicated that the Malawi leader has made tremendous progress by appointing women to high positions, ensuring that they are well represented in boards and across the government’s Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs).
She further gave insights into her journey as Malawi’s Secretary to the President and Cabinet, the challenges she encounters as a woman in a high political office and the need for international organizations to support women across Africa.
Speaking during the ceremony, former President of Liberia, Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, spoke of her journey in leadership and highlighted that governments need to continue with deliberate strategies to increase women’s participation in governance across Africa.
The event which started with a fireside chat between Ahunna Eziakonwa, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director for Africa UNDP, also explored how evidence around women’s representation can influence and inform efforts and actions for government, funders, and other stakeholders.
The theme of the panel session was “Achieving GapZero: Evidence-Driven Inclusive Governance in Africa”.