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Patricia Kaliati blames fellow women for failure in 50-50 campaign

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Veteran parliamentarian, Patricia Kaliati says Malawi is not doing well in the 50-50 agenda of promoting equal representation of women in decision making positions because of jealousy among many other challenges

Kaliati who has maintained the Mulanje West Constituency since 1999 in a political career that has seen her holding a number of cabinet positions in the United Democratic Front (UDF) and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) adminstration, told The Daily Times in an interview that the pull-her-down syndrome and jealousy among women has affected the campaign

“If things are not going well in political parties in as far as promoting women into decision making positions, it is because women are busy pulling each other down.

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“Men have been very supportive to the 50-50 cause yet we find other women being used to disappoint their fellow women’s political ambitions by men,” said Kaliati adding, “If we are not doing well in the 50-50 agenda it is not because men are not supporting us but because we are busy pulling each other down as women”.

She said it was disappointing to note that while government with support from development partners was heavily investing in women empowerment, some women were being used by men to frustrate political ambitions of fellow women.

However, Kaliati was quick to point out that despite the pull-her-down-syndrome, some women, especially the youthful generation was not doing well in politics because of the way they presented themselves to the electorates during their campaign trail.

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