Vice President of Liberia Jewel Taylor and former president of Central African Republic Catherine Samba Panza arrived in the country Tuesday ahead of an Inter-Generational Conference to take place in the country.
The conference is on generational equality and women leadership.
Speaking when welcoming the leaders, former president Joyce Banda said the aim of the meeting was to share experiences with the young generation.
The meeting is also meant to support women’s full participation and representation in the political process at the highest level and encourage future women leaders.
Taylor said she was happy that she had come to Malawi to share her experiences.
She said as much as there are deliberate efforts to get as many women as possible into elected leadership positions, the major challenge is to keep them there.
“Unless we allow as many women as possible to sit on the policy formulating table, many women and girls shall continue to suffer discrimination and abuse,” Taylor said
Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati said Malawi was ready to host the conference and champion the agenda,
“My ministry is happy that, in Malawi, Head of State Lazarus Chakwera is taking the lead in women agenda issues not only in Malawi but Africa as a whole,” Kaliati said.
At a previous meeting in Paris, France, the Netherlands, Canada and Malawi were named champions for the generation equality agenda for the next five years.
Malawi was chosen because of its proven record in promoting women to leadership positions.