Govt. geared to increase women’s participation in decision making positions

Written by  Gladys Nthenda

State President Professor Peter Mutharika says his administration is geared to increase women participation in politics and decision making positions.

Pres. Mutharika speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe Pres. Mutharika speaking at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe

Speaking when he met a delegation of Congressional Leaders from the United States of America in Lilongwe on Monday, Professor Mutharika stressed on the need to empower marginalized groups such as women and persons with disabilities through education.


“We are trying our best to make sure that at least the laws covering women and children and children with disabilities are up to date. We are doing that.


 In terms of policies for women and children affirmatively we are developing a number of policies to protect and promote their rights” Mutharika.

Acknowledging the disparities existing between women and men, the President explained that parliament passed legislation to promote the rights of the marginalized groups citing the Gender Equality Act, Marriage Bill and Child Justice Act among others.


Professor Mutharika also cited the Readmission policy which he noted has helped a lot of girls who dropped out from school after getting pregnant a second chance to get education.


Leader of the Delegation Helen Gayle who is President and Chief Executive Officer for CARE USA said empowering women and girls is the key to a nation’s development.


She explained the visit has accorded the group a chance to see programmes on the ground progress made and the American government can continue its partnership with Malawi in its economic development endeavors.

“This was an opportunity to see programmes on the ground and understand what is happening here, progress being made and also looking at some of the real challenges. And the discussion with the President the delegation was able to talk some of the real successes and challenges and how the US can continue to be a partners Malawi continue to develop economically”. Said Gayle.


Gayle further said the discussion with the country’s First Citizen centred on issues of women and girl’s empowerment, health and nutrition and how policymakers from America can support the programmes.


She emphasized on the need to integrate these issues for the country’s economic growth and development.


She also pointed out the need to practice family planning in order to raise healthier children.

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