The Governance, Gender, Justice and Development Centre (GGJDC), an organisation that is promoting issues of gender in the country, says it is worrying that Nkhotakota district is not making strides in promoting women participation in positions of leadership.
GGJDC Project Officer Grace Makuti said it is a concern that the district has no female councillor in all the 10 wards.
“Development projects can easily be achieved if both men and women are taking part. For instance in Nkhotakota there is no female councillor meaning that all decisions involving councillors are being made by men and issues that affect women can rarely be prioritised,” said Makuti.
She said it is because of such disparities that her organisation has been compelled to embark on a five-year project to address the root causes of gender inequalities, bad governance and underdevelopment through community empowerment and people-centred advocacy.
Makuti said this last week when the organisation briefed political party leaders and other stakeholders in the district on the project.
Makuti said apart from engaging ministries, departments and political parties who have seats in Parliament, they will identify and train community facilitators in each ward.
Nkhotakota Council Director of Planning and Development Michael Chimbalanga hailed the intervention which he said will help in changing negative perceptions on women’s capabilities.
“Women are capable of doing what men do. In Machinga [District Council] for instance, chairperson of the council is a woman but here we don’t have even a single female councillor; we can do better than this,” said Chimbalanga.
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