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Malawian women aim for 50/50 representation


Even Malawi has managed to achieve the same representation of women in its parliament as the UK, purchase but with a much greater increase at last year's election, when it went up from 14 to 22 per cent. 

And now an NGO Gender Coordination Network is implementing plans for Malawi's 50/50 campaign for local government elections this November. 

Emma Kaliya, chair of the NGO Gender Coordination Network told IPS news about the various strategies being used to change perceptions about women’s capacity for political leadership.

The first thing they did was to conduct a needs assessment of the aspiring women candidates. and then arranged capacity building for them", she said. "We began profiling them through the mass media as well as through community mobilisation meetings. We would take aspiring women candidates to community meetings where we would discuss why the community should support women candidates."

Impressive. Maybe us feminists in the West should take note.

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