Why the Campaign?

Women remain seriously under-represented in Malawi’s political sphere despite the commitment expressed by a broad spectrum of political and civil society leaders to encourage their greater political participation through the 50-50 campaign.

Our Aim

We continuously aim at increasing representation of women in positions of leadership and decision making in many key institutions, for instance, political parties, cabinet, parliament and local councils.

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Weekdays (Monday – Friday from 8:30 to 4:30)

Weekend (Saturday – 8:30am to 12:00noon)

OUR VISION

Contribute towards improved representation of women at national and local levels through enhanced coordination of the 50:50 campaign in Malawi.

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OUR WIN

More women political aspirants being largely accepted to vie for and assume leadership positions and participate in political party issues.

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OUR NETWORK

Political Empowerment of women ( PEW), Political parties, NGO/GCN, Ministry of Gender, CMD; gatekeepers, opinion shapers, faith/traditional institutions; Collaboration with media, researchers, male champions etc.

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Recent Stats & Challenges

Female MPs - 2014

16%

Female MPs - 2009

21%

Female MPs - 2004

13%

Female MPs - 1999

8%

Female MPs - 1994

5%

Economic Factors

Women’s participation in political life depends largely on their access to employment which gives them not only material independence, but also certain professional skills and greater self-confidence. Access to means of production and finances has a direct relationship and influence on the participation of women in political institutions in Malawi.

Socio-cultural factors

A traditional strong, patriarchal value system favours sexually segregated roles, and ‘traditional cultural values,’ militate against the advancement, progress and participation of women in any political process. Cultural ideas about women keep on affecting women’s levels of representation throughout the political process, from an individual woman’s decision to enter politics, to party selection of candidates, to the decisions made by voters on elections day.

Gender roles-patriarchy

The family is the main institution of patriarchy, which is an important concept in explaining gender inequality. In many societies women are portrayed as weak and incapable of making smart decisions.  Giving men a higher social status over females has crept into public life, which reflects in state activities, and whose effects are felt in low numbers of women in Politics.

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Parliamentary aspirants registered

Local Council Aspirants registered

He for She Champions

Are you a He for She Champion?

Are you a male person with any influence in your domain? Are you passionate about women leadership in politics? You have a chance to get connected with like-minded men, and be trained to impact more! Contact us to get more details on how you can be a 50:50 Campaign male champion.

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What Others About the Campaign

WHY VOTE FOR WOMEN

Reasons to vote for women as Councillors, MPs and President

A Progressive Society

It facilitates more changes and paves the way for more spaces to women; calls for the efficient, maximum and equitable utilization of human, financial, material and information resources by all human beings.

Innovative Problem Solving

It allows women to address their basic problems and needs in the community; and ensures the transparency, real fight against corruption, political leadership, and political responsiveness of the existing national, regional, districts, and local levels political democracy, democratization process, and promotes peace.

Progressive Agenda

Is a question of democracy, democratic process, and equality as well as a question of political and civil rights that has been guaranteed by the international organizations’ (UN) agreements, treaties, covenants and conventions.

Effective Governance

Without greater representation of women in parliamentary and executive positions, it is difficult to achieve participatory, accountable, and transparent governance which can ensure political, cultural, social and economic priority goals of the wider society.

Outcome 1

Improved social cultural environment for women and young women membership in politics.

Outcome 3

Enhance gender responsiveness of political parties’ principles that are accountable to women representation in politics.

Outcome 2

Improved Individual and collective capacities and agency for women in politics.

Outcome 4

Improved coordination and monitoring violence against women programming processes throughout the electoral cycle to promote women participation and representation.

Development Partners;Donors

A Network of Partners & Donors

50:50 Campaign in Malawi is being championed by a wide range of partners from both public and private fronts. The list of partners is a combination of the implementer on the ground, policy markers and the donor community.

Supporting & voting for women begins with us all

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