As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the IPU is organizing, with the Parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania, a seminar for East and Southern African Parliaments on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The purpose of the seminar is to provide parliamentarians of the region with the elements of a comprehensive and multisectoral response to violence against women and girls and familiarize them with the components of legislation to effectively tackle this scourge.
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This issue of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) Civic Update newsletter describes NDI's work to support the political activism of people with disabilities. It contains examples of work conducted by NDI in Albania, Bulgaria, Liberia, Malawi, Kosovo, and Iraq. Read more
Africa’s second female president, Dr Joyce Banda of Malawi, has attributed progress of women in politics and positions of power to men who gave them an opportunity to prove themselves. Addressing top government officials, diplomats and businesspeople at a state luncheon hosted for her by President Ian Khama yesterday, Banda said African women have made impressive progress because the men wanted them to.
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This handbook was written as a guide to help Members of Parliament in Malawi work effectively with their constituency. It provides information on methods of constituency outreach, contact information for individuals and organizations in Malawi, and contact information for organizations that provide funding for small scale development projects. Read more
This publication provides a set of guiding principles for constitutional reform based on practical experiences of constitutional reform processes in a number of countries (Bolivia, Ghana, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa).
While the primary focus of the publication is on the role of political parties in constitution-building processes, the publication is also of relevance to other actors involved in similar processes as it provides the reader with an overview of common phases, characteristics, challenges and guiding principles that may be customised to country... Read more
This report presents the results of the workshop entitled "Dialogue on Political Parties and Governance in the SADC Region." It contains information on the functioning and structure of political parties in five countries from the South African Development Community (SADC): Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Swaziland and Zimbabwe. The purpose of this research is to try to understand the functioning of these parties in an effort to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Read more
This report is the result of the National Consultative Meeting that was held in Blantyre, Malawi in June 1999. It discusses the particular energy situation in Malawi with respect to women's development needs and priorities; examines the role and potential of women in the energy planning sector; and identifies activities involving women in energy systems and entrepreneurship. Read more
At a small discussion at Thursday’s World Economic Forum on Africa, the issue of gender equality in African politics took centre stage. While all panelists agreed on the need for more women in positions of leadership, Malawian President Joyce Banda was on hand to remind the audience that sometimes getting to the top is just the beginning of the struggle.
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Malawai Congress Party (MCP) member of Parliament for Salima NorthWest constituency, Dr Jessie Kabwila, has been elected as new chairperson for Women Caucus in Parliament.
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The Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare Mary Clara Makungwa has called on the media in the country to promote women aspirants in politics in order to achieve the 50-50 women representation campaign.
The newly appointed Minister said this in Blantyre on Friday during a media conversation for 50-50 campaign and conflict sensitive reporting with the editor's forum.
Makungwa said government recognizes how media shapes the views of the masses and as such the media should create a space for women to express their views.
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Ahead of a tripartite elections next year the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) has shown the world that it is moving with time by setting a deliberate policy to allow women in the country pay 25 per cent less the nomination fees of parliamentary and local government elections.
The female aspirants, Newstime Africa understands, will pay K 150,000.00 only for the parliamentary race while those going for the ward councillorship will cough K 15,000.00 only.
And MEC has gone a step further to ask political parties to follow suit so that the campaign produces corresponding results and get the gap... Read more
The Norwegian embassy in Malawi has provided a grant to women's organizations to enhance the skills and confidence of women candidates so they can run effective campaigns and overcome gender based discrimination, and for civic awareness campaigns on the need for more women in decision-making positions. Already 425 women have shown interest in running in 2009 out of which 200 women have met party qualifications to run.
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There cannot be sustainable women empowerment in development and politics if women lobby groups leave out culture in their campaigns, Chikwawa District Commissioner Lawford Palani has said. He said most organisations lobbying for greater women representation were forgetting culture as a crucial component in the quest to achieve the SADC 30 percent women participation goal, set in Blantyre in 1997.
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Women Parliamentary Caucus members have strongly demanded Minister of Health Khumbo Kachali, who is also the country’s Vice-President, to return back the hospital beds from Mponela Hospital where they were snatched to be given to Mzimba for political campaign purposes.
Chairperson of the female lawmakers Cecilia Chazama said the beds should be returned to the establishment “within 24 hours”.
Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament Juliana Mphande said over 20 female MPs will not accept anything less than returning the beds which were reportedly snatched at night.
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Malawians have for the first time elected the first woman vice-president Joyce Banda, 47 years after independence. This was after the Electoral Commission announced on May 21 that incumbent president Bingu wa Mutharika had won the May 19 Presidential election.
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NGO Gender Network says it will start meeting women aspirants across the country to strategise on their ambitious plan to have a representation of more than 40 percent of women in Parliament during the next year’s general elections.
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MCP, the country’s major opposition party, has said it will not give any special treatment to its women aspirants for parliamentary seats—to fulfil the 50/50 Sadc declaration. But Malawi still has the lowest representation of women in decision-making position in the region. There is only 16 percent representation of women in the Executive arm of government, 12 percent in the Judiciary and 14 percent in the Legislature.
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Executive Director for Gender Support Programme (GESP), Cecilia Mussa said on Saturday most political parties were favouring men to women to stand as aspirants, a situation she described as detrimental to achieving 50-50 representation in the National Assembly. Speaking at Dowa Community Ground where GESP held a voter registration awareness campaign, said most women lack support from their respective political parties, resulting in their withdrawal from primary elections.
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Machinga — Member of Parliament for Machinga Likwenu, Mwalone Jangiya has provided K150,000 to five women groups from Kaudzu Village at Liwonde in the district to enable them venture into small businesses to improve their livelihoods.
Jangiya distributed the cash to the five groups comprising ten women all from Kaudzu village in the Liwonde Township where the cost of living is high.
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As the country gears for the 2009 presidential polls, Women in Politics, a gender coordinating network, is strategising on how best to lobby and increase the representation of women in Parliament.
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