Rural women in the three districts of Mulanje, Zomba and Dowa have commended Malawi Economic Justice Network (MEJN) for empowering them to become responsible citizens.
The remarks were made during monitoring and evaluation meetings in areas where the organization was implementing a two-year project aimed at improving local governance in local communities.
The women who are members of Area Development Committees (ADC’s) told YFM Online they have been encouraged to take an active role in developmental activities.
Gladys Mataya, Vice Chairperson of Chikowi ADC in Zomba, said the project has empowered women in her area to voice out their opinions.
“Women entrusted with leadership positions are now fighting for their ideas to be heard,’’ she said.
Kitty Dzuwa from Chikowi ADC commended the project for influencing a change in perception over women’s capabilities in her area.
“Women are now included in developmental activities without questioning their will, attitude and ability,” she said.
Southern Region Coordinator for MEJN, Mike Marvin Banda, said gender balance in community development was of greater essence in the implementation of the project.
The project which commenced in February 2015 was concluded on February 1, 2018.
Funded by European Union through Trocaire, the project was implemented under the theme ‘Improving Local Governance and Inspiring Community Action in Malawi’.