The Gender Coordination Network in Malawi has expressed great worry over the continued trend of low women representation in public institutions.
This comes following President Peter Mutharika’s announcement of the new commissioners to serve in the Competition and Fair Trading Commission where out of seven members there is only one woman.
The Gender Coordination Network National Coordinator, Emma Kaliya, said it is very disappointing to note that a lot of women are not being considered for appointment in public institutions.
“It is very sad that we are heading towards a direction that does not clearly recognize the involvement of women and also the importance of women in development,” Kaliya said, adding that “It has become more less like a fashion and it is all right as everybody is endorsing that in each and every institution where people get positions by appointing it is fine to choose one female and nobody seems to care.”
A few weeks ago, Mutharika also appointed commissions to serve in the Malawi Human Rights Commission and of the appointed only one woman made it into the team of the commissioners.