K1.1 billion for 50-50 campaign

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As the 2019 elections slowly approach, the Royal Norwegian Embassy has released a grant amounting to K1.1 billion to the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social welfare to help in the implementation of the 50-50 campaign.


According to a press release signed by Dr Esmie T Kainja, Secretary in the Ministry, Center for Civil Society Strengthening and Action Aid Malawi have been tasked to manage the grant that will enable to carry out the campaign as the elections approach.

“In order to achieve these objectives, the consortium will work with UN Agencies, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), accredited gender focused NGOs, International Organizations, Parliamentary Women’s Caucus, Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and Grassroots Gender women’s movements,” read part of the statement.

The 50-50 campaign aims at increasing women’s political participation ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections and ensures that there is gender equality and fair representation.

The grant is for a two year project aimed to increase the number of women in politics through interventions that target the public as voters, women themselves, civil society organizations and other key players.

The same campaign was carried out in the 2014 tripartite elections and was said to be an ongoing campaign.

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