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Escom holds workshop to mentor female staff

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Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (Escom) last week held a workshop on women empowerment and capacity building for its senior female managers.

The workshop was meant to enhance leadership and management skills for workplace effectiveness and career progression.

Speaking on the sidelines of the workshop, Director of Gender in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Peter Msefula, urged the women not to undermine themselves.

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Msefula said some women look down on themselves even though they possess the right qualifications to do a particular job.

“You ne ed to be aggressive to overcome these stereotypes,” Msefula said.

Escom Social and Gender Inclusion Manager, Elube Chienda, said only 10 percent of the people in decision making positions at Escom are women.

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“Men dominate in this industry than women but it is not that women do not qualify but because they are being frustrated,” Chienda said.

But she said Escom has put in place strategies to reverse the trend and in the process create an environment where both men and women thrive.

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