The Women’s Manifesto Movement has convened Malawi’s First ever Women’s Assembly at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on the 5th of November. The assembly brought together women from various political parties and religions and attracted 250 women from all demographic regions of Malawi and was held with the aim of discussing and agreeing on the points which can help improve women’s welfare.
The outcome of the discussions would transcend into a book titled ‘Women’s Manifesto.’ “This book will contain women’s voice. It will depict various leaders’ views on what they want to be done in order to change women’s livelihood for the better,” said Maggie Kathewera Banda Executive Director of Women's Legal Resource Centre (WOLREC).
The assembly is in tandem with the four pillars of development and the championing of women’s rights in the world, and in Africa, particulary Southern Africa, and other development agendas.
In her remarks, High Commissioner of South Africa, Thenjiwe Mtintso said, “education should not stop Women from competing for higher positions” she also emphasised that gender equality is for women and advised them to fight for it.
The Women’s Manifesto will be used as a yard stick to determine whether politician’s manifesto on women empowerment tarry with what women themselves want, but also to determine whether the leaders accomplish the points contained in this book on women empowerment.
The Women’s Manifesto Movement is a consortium of various organizations such as Hivos, OXFAM, Women’s Legal Resources Centre(WOLREC), Action Aid, 50-50 Management Agency, Centre for Multiparty Democracy, Tovwirane, Governance, Gender Justice and Development Centre(GGJDC), LYCO and IM Swedish Development Partner