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Lazarus Chakwera

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) is today expected to meet members of the Women Manifesto Movement (WMM) over government’s failure to appoint more women in statutory corporations’ boards.

The group has since pended its legal action against government on the matter, awaiting the outcome of today’s meeting.

Initially, the meeting was supposed to take place on Thursday but it was postponed.

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“The Women Manifesto legal team will review the outcome of the discussions and advise on the next steps after the Monday 26 October, 2020 meeting.

“WMM could like to request its membership to remain focused and continue to say No to unfair discrimination and Yes to gender equality and respect for the rule of law using all lawful means necessary,” reads a statement co-signed by Maggie Kathewera Banda and Barbra Banda.

Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zangazanga Chikhosi, was not immediately available for comment Sunday.

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Early this month, women and other stakeholders staged nationwide demonstrations in protest over failure by the Tonse Alliance administration to appoint more women into parastatal boards.

Out of over 60 boards announced by OPC, only nine are chaired by women.

The Gender Equality Act requires 60-40 representation of either men or women in public appointments.

Briefing reporters at a press conference marking his 100 days in office, President Lazarus Chakwera said his government remains committed to appointing more women in key positions.

Chakwera said he was ready to engage the women activists in a conversation to see how best the issue could be addressed.

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