Malawi commits to Sadc gender objectives


Government says it will lead by example as a chairing country for the Southern African Development Community (Sadc) in using the various tools developed by the regional body for implementation of gender related programmes.

Minister of Gender and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati said this in Lilongwe yesterday during the official opening of the joint meeting for Sadc ministers of gender.

Kaliati said Malawi aims at encouraging other member states to ensure that men and women equally contribute to the advancement of their nations.


Some of the tools that the ministers deliberated on include the revised gender mainstreaming resource kit, the draft handbook to promote effective Gender Based Violence (GBV) prevention and the 2022 Sadc gender and development monitor on women in politics and decision-making.

“We are very ready as attested by how we are already implementing some of the programmes and also applying the already existing instruments such as the Sadc protocol on gender and development.

“We are committed because we know they are crucial in realisation of gender equality and the empowerment of women in the region and for us as a country,” Kaliati said.


She said currently, Malawi has programmes to empower women and girls in the context of Covid-19 and climate change, observing that females are the worst affected by the two eventualities.

“Women and girls have to understand issues surrounding climate change and the Covid-19 pandemic, because women are the ones that look after families and when calamity hits it is them who suffer the most, so it is important for them to understand how they are affected and what mitigation strategies are there for them to remain resilient within such circumstances,” Kaliati added.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Nancy Tembo who is chairperson for Council of Ministers in the Sadc region described the joint meeting of Sadc ministers of gender as timely.

Tembo said gender equality is key in the attainment of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“Gender equality is a critical component and contributing factor to sustainable development of a country, and Sadc at large. We cannot talk about sustainable development, without talking about equality between men and women,” she said.

During the meeting, Mauritius and South Africa were urged to sign the Sadc Protocol on Gender and Development, being the only countries that had not yet pended their signatures to it.

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