According to Mussa, Minister of Education, Agnes NyaLonje, signed the Charter on behalf of the Government of Malawi.
“The Charter aims at facilitating SADC Member States to employ special measures to increase the number of girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
“It is a known fact that there are too few women scientists in the developing world in general and in Malawi in particular. The need to increase the numbers of women in science, engineering and technology cannot be overemphasized.
“The shortage of women in the fields of science careers and the failure to encourage a critical mass of girls and women to opt for, stay and develop in these fields is having a negative impact on the development of the country.
“There is need to encourage girls and women to embark on science, technology and engineering careers to fuel innovation and influence policy for development. Malawi needs women scientists to help realize the Malawi 2063 aspirations to become an inclusively wealthy and self-reliant nation by 2063,” said Mussa.
Mussa therefore urged universities, industry and research institutions to mobilise women in science, engineering and technology to join the WISETO National Chapter in Malawi as it will form a nucleus that will act as a national reference group for the regional organisation.
By signing the Charter, Malawi has joined other signatory Member States such as Angola, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and United Republic of Tanzania, in committing to empower women in Science, Engineering, and Technology.