Let women be part of leadership – Malawi’s ex President Joyce Banda tells the continent

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Former Malawi President Joyce Banda has urged African leaders to include girls and women in policy making positions for them to participate actively in Africa’s social economic development.

Banda made the remarks in Lagos, Nigeria when she was presenting a keynote address at the 2016 “women’s Power Lunch” where Former Nigeria President General Olesugun Obasanjo was in attendance.

Joyce Banda

Joyce Banda with Obasanjo at the conference.

In her speech under the theme “Women in Solidarity: A new Paradigm for inclusion” Banda told the gathering that women across Africa have limited access to means of production such as land, financing, and technologies so they are discriminated against at workplaces and in public life in general.

“Women in Africa are underrepresented in policy making circles and as women leaders, it rests upon us to take a leading role in ensuring formulation of deliberate policies and programmes that benefit women,” Banda emphasized.

The former president also called upon African heads of state, governments, the clergy, civil society, and the media to step up efforts to ensure the protection and development of the girl child in the context of the recently adopted United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

“I personally believe that governments and nations must strive to achieve full implementation of SDGs if the war against poverty, inequality, injustice and adverse effects of climate change are to be addressed,” Banda said.

She further said that African countries must formulate policies and programmes that must equip the women and girls with necessary entrepreneurial and management skills that can give them access to marketing and financing.

“I am calling upon women leaders to abolish all harmful cultural practices, beliefs, traditions, customs against girls and women,” she said.

This year’s event was organised by Murtala Muhammed Foundation which is chaired by former Nigerian President Olesugun Obasanjo.

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  1. Koma zimenezo ndithu zikuchokera mkamwa mwake koma????
    Malawi mpaka pano adakabvutikabe chifukwa cha mkazi ameneyi, aliyense amadziwa bwino kuti sikuti ndalama zonse anaba yekha ayi. Koma nkhani ndiyoti amuna omwe anamudzungulira ndi omwe amamulakwisa kupanga ndikumamvera zilizonse monga mkazi basi. Mkazi ndi munthu ofoka mmaganizo.
    Ndiye zomwe akulankhulazo palibe angamve zimenezo.

  2. What kind of leadership to women u talking about? U messed this our beautiful malawi, changing it into banana republic, where everyone was doing what ever he/she wanted,u sweept every government treasury accounts into u and ur hand clappers who surrounded u,this was a hot clapp to every Malawian, and malawi will take so longtime to cover up those ditches u dug up,let those women who fears god to say that not u.we still have that hope in another one but not like u

  3. What kind of leadership to women u talking about? U messed this our beautiful malawi, changing it into banana republic, where everyone was doing what ever he/she wanted,u sweept every government treasury accounts into u and ur hand clappers who surrounded u,this was a hot clapp to every Malawian, and malawi will take so longtime to cover up those ditches u dug up,let those women who fears god to say that not u.we still have that hope in another one but not like u

  4. shame my poor malawians…..the did her best and for to be there its not as easy as we all think,great people with high positions in africa were there listening to her speech,its so pathetic that we as malawians can’t see how important and what role did mai banda did,as for the leadership,maiwa anapanga bwino koposa chifukwa dziko linali paumphawi ndimavuto ambiri pamene amkalowa pa upulezidenti,now she is out of government enawa akupanga zotani zokomera amalawi?i

  5. shame my poor malawians…..the did her best and for to be there its not as easy as we all think,great people with high positions in africa were there listening to her speech,its so pathetic that we as malawians can’t see how important and what role did mai banda did,as for the leadership,maiwa anapanga bwino koposa chifukwa dziko linali paumphawi ndimavuto ambiri pamene amkalowa pa upulezidenti,now she is out of government enawa akupanga zotani zokomera amalawi?i

  6. Sitingaonongeso mistake yabwinobwino… Iyaaaaa ufiti eit, bingu anakakhala moyo unakalamulila iwe? Mxwii ukhale konko usazabweleso kuno you are a disgrace to womanhood , nzimayi wanji wakuba

  7. dolo wamadolo kuyakhula moputsa kumeneko kkkkkkk mai joyce wanuo mukhale pasi muganize chazeru ndichani wachita mmm zophanazo zinayamba lero mesa athu amachotsedwa maso mitu kuthawana anali ndani amalamulira eeee kukwera kwazithu bukhu loyera munawerengapo matsiku otsiliza wogula azalira wogulitsa azakwiya ndizimenezi mukufuna muyakhule kuti chani inuo amai anuo apanga chani chazeru tamayamikilani zinazi jerous yanuo muzasalanao mwava mmmm miseu makwalalamu ,nsewu wakuthekerani ulikati agogo anu anadya ndalama zathu wogwira boma malipiro awo kuchedwa sanayambe lero bale olo ku away ena sanalandile komwe ku africa engrand,swidern,kungonenapo wochepa chabe kugwa kwacha amanuo ndiamene anapangitsa sipeter ai ine peter ,chilima ndimapatsa ulemu sine wa dpp ai koma ndimayamika kwamene akulamulira panopa a pp zawo zoofoka zinalimo musakasusa cash gate inja anakupatsani eti eee musatisokose apa woips atthawa ekha wolunga amavomereza ndithu joyce,akagwere uko akazawina muzandifutse ndizakupatsani galimoto imodzi mwava

  8. mun2 ameneyu akufunika hvy kuno she z most wanted if founf bring her 2 me dead o alive,,,,,,,,atam’bwereseyo azalandila xicheche 2mba kuxaxa

  9. Ah okay yes I get you. Let women be part of leadership and when they have committed a crime they should run away from the country and live in exile like what you have done. What a great lesson for empowering women to be leaders

  10. Mbavayi ilipo kkkkkk inasowa bwanji mubwere ana amasiye anthu okalamba ndi ovutikisitsa akuti mubwere mudzabwezeko ndalama munaba zija……..

  11. Enanu mukunena ngati simukubeleka fees mukuyiona kumene ikupita mlimi waku mudzi ngati ine ndingakwanise azingo phunzira ana amabwana basi tizilipira msokho a gogo wathu uyu si president wa anthu koma wa dzina la Malawi osati anthu fokofu…..

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  13. Mayi banda was better than Peter. Tangoganizan mene amachoka mayi shugga anali bwanji? Nde onani lero kuphedwa kwa malobino kusowa chitetezo cha boma athu kugwira tchito yo panda malilipiro owatsutsa kuphedwa kulimbana ndi bushiri njala, 7 ministers in cash gate nde mukunyoza mayi? Azimayi ena nda zeru kuposa am unable ena

  14. come home Mama.House is never home without you. We call Malawi America where jobless are getting pay every month.where people with their busnesses pays less tax.where mbewa ndi zitete ndi all over.. . no more poverty.tiku’mva kukoma Moyo kuno mama bweran……..

  15. Kkkkkkkkkk ma comment amalawi koma!!
    Tiyeni tilankhule za Peter ubwino wake , komaso zitukoko ndiziti ndiziti?
    Basi malawi akamanga JB ndiye kuti zitukuko ziyenda? nanga fees isika ? kukwera mtengo kwakatundu kusika?
    Nanga ndindani akamumanga munamvapo kuti abweza ndalama zija?
    kumachangamuka poganiza mmmm amalawi tiri ndi vuto .

  16. Mwina muziauza maiko akunja komweko amene asakudziwa kuti wachita kuthawa kwanu utaononga chuma. unapanga zijatu unaipitsa mbiri ya amai anzako ndipo usayembekedzereso kut wina angapangeso mistake anapanga Bingu yoika satana wa mkazi pa udindo ngati umeneuja. Munthu osayamika iwe.

  17. Bingu mbali yake anayesa koma chaaaaa mzimayi oyipa uyo Kungogawanapo chuma chosala amvekele ofufuzayo tizamuuza kuti anaba chonse malemu chabwino tavomera anabadi bwerakoni kwa eniko

  18. If the Dead Peoples Party has got case against JB, why not to send interpol to arrest her a broad?
    I don’t see anything inside her.
    They (DPP) really knows that if they attach JB, she will open cans of worms, she would already be arrested, they know something wrong in their defence.
    I feel shame to those mouthed peasants of Matchona claiming JB as a thief.

  19. don’t get scared mommy, u r nt the fist one 2 do such thing. even this leader there r doin the same thing bt only that there r nt cout mom. come home u r better than them am tellin u

    • man called u r serf #kaliati fuck u man. ihv written my opinion so what the fuck r u talkin abt? aint u r friend so b careful. this z the page in which each n every one can drop the opinion acording 2 hw we feel. bt why r so sturpid? icn c that u r agrwn up person bt think lk ababy,chick. don’t mess wth me an’t crazy lk u mothefucker.

    • man called u r serf #kaliati fuck u man. ihv written my opinion so what the fuck r u talkin abt? aint u r friend so b careful. this z the page in which each n every one can drop the opinion acording 2 hw we feel. bt why r so sturpid? icn c that u r agrwn up person bt think lk ababy,chick. don’t mess wth me an’t crazy lk u mothefucker.