By Dorothy Kachingwe, Banthu Times Correspondent, 16/08/2013
Malawi President Dr Joyce Banda has urged fellow women to take up leadership roles so there can be increased representation of women leaders across Africa. President Banda told delegates while presiding over the 10th anniversary celebrations of the African Union Protocol to the African Charter on Human and People’s rights on the rights of Women in Africa at the Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe.
The Malawian President gave examples of the Liberian President, Vice Presidents of Zimbabwe and Mauritius and the chairperson of the African Union as evidence of increasing representation of women leadership in African which can inspire other women to follow suit as part of promoting gender equality and rooting out gender discrimination in Africa.
The distinguished delegates attending the ceremony were His Excellency Mr Armando Guebuza, President of the Republic of Mozambique, Her Excellency Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union and Her Excellency Dr Issau Njie Saidi, the Vice President of The Gambia.
The Malawian president, since taking office , she implemented of a number of austerity measures, which included selling the country’s presidential jet for 15 million dollars and taking a 30 percent cut in her salary. She also embarked on a range of reforms that not everyone has agreed with, however the World Bank and International Monetary Fund have indicated country’s economy is recovering, with manufacturing expected to grow six percent and agriculture 5.7 percent as a result of the reforms undertaken.