Speaking during a gender stakeholders meeting in Mzuzu, NGO Gender Coordination Network Chairperson Ema Kaliya expressed optimism saying various mechanisms have been put in place aimed at improving the current situation.
“The figures are on the increase despite our previous decimal performance.”Kaliya was quoted as saying.
However kaliya bemoaned other political parties for not promoting women empowerment adding that lack of support for elected women still remains an uphill task.
Mbelwa District Council Director of Planning Tamanya Harawa while accepting the cultural challenges blamed the low esteem and confidence among women as one of the major factor to minimal women numbers in decision making positions.
“Yes culture is one of the factors but lack of seriousness amongst women themselves coupled with low esteem and confidence is 100% contributing to rise in the decrease of women in decision making positions.”Harawa suggested.
Councilor for Manyamula Ward in Mzimba Kefasi Chisi said its high time women rubbed shoulders with men in as far as development is concerned.
“Yes challenges are there but personally I have done much development in my ward more than some men so there is nothing to fear.” Challenged the Councilor
Northern Region Service Center Manager for the TEVETA Conceptor Kachoka blamed the cultural system which is in favor of men.
Meanwhile Minister of Gender, Disability Children and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati defended government’s position on the matter saying a number of measures have been put in place as one way of addressing the challenge.
“This is a wakeup call to everyone to support the president in his strides of making sure women are equally represented in decision making positions.” Said Kaliati.
The meeting was organized with funding from National Democratic Institute-NDI.