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African Women’s Learning Mission on Malawi Elections


Press Statement
For Immediate Release
Blantyre, Malawi  
May 21st, 2014
The African Women’s Observer Mission accredited under the NGO Gender Coordination Network stand in solidarity with the women of Malawi in this electoral process.

There is a revolution that has started in the world where women are taking their rightful place in positions of leadership, of which Malawi has been a part. The African continent has made commitments through the African Union Protocol on the Rights of Women and the SADC Protocol. This is complemented at the national level by the Malawi Constitution, the Gender Equality Act and the 50-50 campaign. These are irreversible and irrevocable commitments and major vehicles of promoting and ensuring women’s effective and meaningful participation in the political arena.

We congratulate the women who courageously stood in the first tripartite elections in the history of Malawi. This includes the two presidential candidates, 261 candidates for Parliament, and 419 for local ward councilors. We however note with grave concern and disappointment the impact that election anomalies may have had on female voters and candidates. Malawi must not lag behind and must seize the opportunity and momentum to propel women forward.

The African women are not discouraged by the current trend in these elections. We are even more determined in our struggle to ensure all of the above commitments become a reality across our beloved continent.

We will continue to observe the electoral processes and make appropriate statements as the results unfold.

The mission is an initiative of FEMNET (The African Women’s Development & Communication Network), NGOGCN (NGO Gender Coordination Network), SOAWR (Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition) supported by UAF-A (Urgent Action Fund-Africa).

Members include:
Dr. Amany Asfour, Egypt
Dr. Phoebe Asiyo, Kenya
Dr. Gladys Mutukwa, Zambia
Emma Kaliya, Malawi
Emmie Chanika, Malawi
Hope Chigudu, Zimbabwe/Uganda
Kennedy Otina, Kenya
Mama Koite, Mali
Margaret Ali, Malawi
Nebila Abdulmelik, Ethiopia
Njoki Wainaina, Kenya
Yvette Chesson Wureh, Liberia

For more information, contact:
Patrick Maulidi


WOMEN RISING: Political Leadership in Africa


In Africa, as in the rest of the world, women are largely underrepresented in the political arena. However 2011 and 2012 saw an unprecedented number of female presidential candidates vying for office. 2012 also ushered in the second female Head of State as well as a female Chairperson of the African Union Commission for the very first time. Furthermore, Rwanda ranks highest in the world in terms of female representation in Parliament with over 50% representation.

Women Rising features President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and President Joyce Banda of Malawi amidst Boussaina Kamel, the very first female presidential aspirant of Egypt (2012), Honorable Rebecca Kadaga, first female Speaker of the House in Uganda’s Parliament, Honorable Rabiaa Nejlaoui, youngest Member of Parliament in Tunisia, and Honorable Hlobisile Ndlovu, Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture of Swaziland.

These women leaders share their experiences and challenges running for office, their ambitions, their role models and their vision for a future of Africa with equal representation. All of those featured in Women Rising are trailblazers; women who have taken up the mantle and paved the way for others to follow suit. Is one born or made a leader? What are the lessons that can be learnt from those who have come before? What are the characteristics that lead to success in leadership? These are explored in Women Rising.

The documentary was commissioned jointly by FEMNET and UNDP and produced by InCA as part of a series on Women in Development in Africa.

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One on One: Reuben Phiri


Reuben Phiri represented Malawi as he climbed the highest mountain on the African continent, Mt. Kilimanjaro

How was the Climb?
Very tough, but I made it!

Lessons Learnt?
I don’t know where to start. It was amazing to see all of us from very different countries and backgrounds get along with each other and build a support network. I think that is very important. It was a wonderful experience.

I will never tolerate any VAW/G. I will be at the forefront to mobilize my fellow youth for freedom of girls!

He gives a message of unity to end all forms of VAW in Chewa.

-As told to Nebila Abdulmelik, Associate Advocacy Officer at FEMNET. Connect with her on twitter @aliben86 and aliben86.wordpress.com