By Phyllis Chingana
Blantyre, April 7, Mana: One of the country’s Gender Activists, Barbra Banda has hailed government departments and non-governmental organizations for appointing women into higher positions.
Recently, Malawi has witnessed appointments of women in different departments such as Lucy Mtilatila appointed as Director of Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services (Met), Pamela Kuwali as Executive Director for Action Aid Malawi, Madalo Samati as Executive Director for Creative Centre for Community Mobilization (CRECOM) and Madalitso Magagula as the Deputy Director of Inclusive Education in the Ministry of Education.
In an interview with Malawi News Agency on Wednesday, Banda described the development as a milestone in the attainment of 50: 50 women and men representation in higher positions.
“This clearly shows that women are capable of holding positions that were previously considered for men,” she said.
In an interview with The Nation, the newly appointed Director of the Department of Climate Change and Meteorological Services, Mtilatila said she was grateful to the authorities for entrusting her with such a responsibility.
She pledged to do her best in enhancing the department’s agendas such as early warning systems and engaging more with the public.
Meanwhile, Malawi is to host the first-ever high-level intergenerational dialogue on generation equality and women’s leadership in Africa, themed, “Growing and Glowing Against All Odds”, from April 7to 9 2022, which shows that indeed as a country we are making progress.
Last year, President Dr Lazarus Chakwera appointed 12 High Court judges of which six of them were females in the Judicial Service Commission.