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Parliamentary Women’s Caucus launches strategic plan

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The Parliamentary Women’s Caucus (PWC) has launched a strategic plan which will encourage women to become members of Parliament.

Currently, there are only 32 women members of Parliament out of the 193 legislators.

But according to Chairperson of the caucus, Jessie Kabwila, this number has to be increased to be in line with the Gender Equality Act.

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“The launch of the 2016- 2019 strategic plan is very crucial because if you don’t plan, then you are planning to fail. We look at this as a road map to how we are going to bring back women of Malawi into Parliament,” she said.

She said the strategic plan is one way of enhancing gender equality.

“People out there must know that a woman is a leader, a woman is a citizen, a woman does not apologise for who she is and she is equally a beneficiary of this country” she said.

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UN Women Representative Clara Anyangwe said UN Women supported the caucus in developing the strategic plan.

“UN Women supported PWC in developing the first ever strategic plan aimed at boosting the operations of the caucus in advancing the gender agenda. This was also one of the core activities of the caucus as failing to plan is planning to fail,” she said.

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