Female Members of Parlaiment under the banner Parliamentary Women’s Caucus are in the lakeshore holiday district of Mangochi under the theme “Women’s leadership with a difference”
The retreat has been organised by Oxfam in collaboration with Centre for Civil Society Strengthening and Westminster Foundation for Democracy as part of the ‘ Elect Her and Retain Her’ campaign that is part of the 50-50 programme under the Ministry of Gender, Malawi
Delivering her keynote address Acting British High Commissioner to Malawi Sophia Willitts-King Acting British High Commissioner to Malawi retaliated the UK governments commitment in providing support towards initiatives aimed at empowering women.
“Presence is not enough, women need support. Once there [in leadership positions] they must have the resources and tools to drive change. This gathering is one of the key steps towards achieving this,” she said.
Oxfam in Malawi Country Director Ms Lingalireni Mihowa said: “This Retreat has been planned as a Mid-Term Review of our collaboration with the Caucus and to have a platform to strategize towards the 2025 elections…We realize the importance to start preparing for 2025 now so that we also see a rise in women representation even during conventions and primaries.
Women remain underrepresented in most public spheres