Female aspirants continued to face challenges, 50:50 campaign says

The 50-50 campaign management agency says women aspirants continued to face challenges during the campaign period.

Speaking with the media in Lilongwe, 50-50 managing campaign agency Gender Governance Manager Gladys Nankhumwathenge said despite women’s efforts to contest in the elections, parties did not help women to reach out to many people as a way of selling themselves.

Nankhumwathenge also noted that after the primary elections the total number of female independent aspirants reached 100 as women dumped parties due to the violence and discrimination they were facing.

She however said her organisation managed to assist the female aspirants during the campaign period.

“We can confirm that women have done a lot of work on the ground. What we do is to push them in order to complement what they already started. We lined a number of activities to enable them to know how to do public speaking and how to run campaigns,” she explained.

One of the participants who is contesting as a Member of Parliament for Dedza Central East Rosean Gondwe pointed out lack of party materials, shortage of funding and political violence as some of the challenges she has been facing ever since she decided to contest.

Gondwe however said she is hopeful that come May 21 she will emerge victorious.