Women’s Legal Resources Center (WOLREC) says its Women Empowered for Leadership Programme (WE4L) has proven to be a right strategy in wooing support for female leaders in the country.
The programme has so far engaged, political parties, female aspiring candidates, traditional leaders, community members and the media.
“The programme is going on well and we have managed to meet various players including aspirants themselves so that we enlighten them on how best they can frame their campaign messages and manifestos in accordance with their target group,” Programme Coordinator for WE4L, Tisungane Irene Ntonga told YFM.
Ntonga said WOLREC is delighted to see the aspirants showing interest in electoral processes and parties committing to change some of their activities to empower women to fully participate in the processes.
Recently two opposition political parties Malawi Congress (MCP) and Alliance for Democracy (Afford) held their conventions where a few women managed to attain some positions.
Asked if the outcome has an impact on election of women in positions of power in the forthcoming elections, Ntonga said much as the development is worrisome it is also an opportune time to scrutinize what went wrong and work on it before 2019.
“We did not really expect to gain a lot of women on board because these are just a few parties but as Civil Society organizations we will continue to collaborate in our programmes to make sure we get more women in 2019,” she said.