Low Female Representation in New Cabinet Irks NGO

NGO expresses concern over low female representation in newly-appointed Malawi cabinet

Malawi's NGO Gender Coordination Network has expressed concern over low female representation in President Joyce Banda's cabinet, in which out of 30 ministers and deputies, only eight are female.

The organisation’s chairperson, Emma Kalia, has been quoted as saying that the low representation of female ministers in the new cabinet is contrary to the Southern African Development Community and Africa Union regulations that call for equal opportunities between men and women.

Kalia further argues that the number of female ministers in the cabinet is getting lower and lower, adding that, currently, there are six female ministers and two deputies against 16 male ministers and seven male deputies.

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