Malawi holds first national gender conference

Shawa: We will outline ideas to fight discrimination against women
Shawa: We will outline ideas to fight discrimination against women

Malawi is for the first time holding a national gender conference from today to Wednesday at Sunbird Nkopola in Mangochi.

The conference seeks to provide an opportunity for gender specialists and advocates to come together to reflect on the status of gender equality in Malawi.

The forum has been organised by the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Welfare and the Human Rights Commission in collaboration with several civil society organisations.

Speaking to Malawi News Agency (Mana) last week, principal secretary in the Ministry of Gender Dr Mary Shawa said the conference is reviewing the successes and challenges of the gender campaign and devising a strategic way forward.

“We are lucky that our President is a woman and that she has vowed to preserve women’s rights, empower women and promote gender equality. Therefore, this conference will help to outline how best we can complement the President’s ideas of fighting all forms of discrimination against women,” she said.

Discussions during the conference will revolve around gender, HIV and Aids, women political participation, economic empowerment, women living with disabilities as well as women and the law.

The indaba is the first of what will become a series of annual or bi-annual national gender conferences.

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  • Horace

    As usual, gender is here misunderstood as something that should address concerns of women alone.