A newly launched book titled “Women in Politics in Malawi” by Chancellor College (Chanco), a constituent college of University of Malawi (UNIMA), has disclosed that women in the country are to experience shakeups in joining politics due to former President Joyce Banda’s leadership.
The book further claims that Banda’s failure to succeed in the 2014 tripartite election has diminished the trust in women leadership for the country.
Concurring with Chanco’s book, political scientist Henry Chingaipe said Banda’s leadership strengthened a perception that women cannot perform well in leadership positions.
“Her leadership has led to strong perception, because Joyce Banda was the first female president she has been taken as a yardstick to measure performance of every woman in the country,” said Chingaipe.
Reacting on the development, Banda’s spokesperson Andekuche Chanthunya said Malawians continue judging the former leader as a politician not a woman who has been recognized on the international scene.
Chanthunya added that Banda started receiving awards before joining the political world.
During the 2014 elections 33 women were voted to the National Assembly, 10 less than the 43 women voted as legislators in 2009.