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Catherine Gotani Hara Becomes The First Female Speaker Of Parliament In Malawi

Catherine Gotani Hara Becomes The First Female Speaker Of Parliament In Malawi

History was made on June 19 when Malawi elected the first ever female Speaker of Parliament, a development gender and rights activists say is a victory for the country’s democracy and efforts for gender inclusion. In the 55 years of independence Malawi has never had a female Speaker of Parliament. Catherine Gotani Hara, opposition Malawi […]

Women Lobbyists Eye 40 Percent Political Positions In Malawi

Women Lobbyists Eye 40 Percent Political Positions In Malawi

Women lobbyists have increased their campaign and hype for female parliamentary and local government aspirants, saying they want women to get 40 per cent of the seats in both parliament and councils. Emma Kaliya, chairperson of Human Rights Resource Centre (HRRC) said Malawi is not doing well in terms of putting women in decision making […]

Joyce Banda To Withdraw From Presidential Race

Joyce Banda To Withdraw From Presidential Race

People’s Party (PP) national executive committee (NEC) members are meeting at the residence of former president Joyce Banda to discuss a possible electoral combination with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to compete as one force in the coming elections continue, Nyasa Times understands. Joyce Banda has let PP national executive committee members to meet and discuss […]

LOUD WHISPERS: Lessons From Hannah

LOUD WHISPERS: Lessons From Hannah

I have an older friend who is from Zimbabwe. I will call her Hannah. She fought in the Zimbabwe liberation war in the 1970s. Then she was a young girl, but she experienced things people thrice her age could not even imagine. When the war was over and Zimbabwe became an independent nation State in […]

Girls Shouldn’t Expect To Be Given Anything On A Silver Platter – Sicily Kariuki

Girls Shouldn’t Expect To Be Given Anything On A Silver Platter – Sicily Kariuki

Who is Sicily Kariuki She is the Cabinet Secretary for Health; formerly the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs; Tell us about your background I was born in Embu, as the second last born of seven siblings to my parents — the late Mugo and my loving mum Eunice Wandiri — humble […]

#TweetYourThobe : Palestinian Women Celebrate Rep. Rashida Tlaib

#TweetYourThobe : Palestinian Women Celebrate Rep. Rashida Tlaib

As new Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) wore a thobe ― a traditional Palestinian dress ― to her swearing-in ceremony Thursday, women responded by tweeting photos of their own thobes in her honor. Tlaib made history as the first Palestinian-American congresswoman and one of the first Muslim women in Congress, along with fellow new Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.). […]

62 Female Candidates Vie for Elective Positions In Kano State

62 Female Candidates Vie for Elective Positions In Kano State

No fewer than 62 female candidates are seeking for various elective positions in Kano State in the 2019 general elections, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, Prof. Riskuwa Shehu, has said. Shehu, who disclosed this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kano, said the commission received the nominations […]

Women to Take 67% Of Parliamentary Seats In Rwanda

Women to Take 67% Of Parliamentary Seats In Rwanda

Women will take 67.5 per cent of seats in the next Lower House going by the latest results from the just-concluded parliamentary elections. The National Electoral Commission (NEC) Tuesday released provisional results from legislative elections, which saw the governing RPF-Inkotanyi take most seats out of the 53 that are openly contested for. RPF won 40 […]

LOUD WHISPERS: As Political Rookies Get Ready

LOUD WHISPERS: As Political Rookies Get Ready

Dear readers, I sincerely apologise for not being able to post a new essay this week. This has been due to circumstances beyond my control.  I am hereby sharing an old post which is relevant for the political season we are in now. Till next week!   Last week, I attended a book reading in […]

The Number Of Female Parliamentarians Likely To Increase In Rwanda

The Number Of Female Parliamentarians Likely To Increase In Rwanda

Women make up about 61 per cent of all nominees compared to 50 per cent in the 2013 elections that ushered in an unprecedented 64 per cent seats for women. The next parliament is set to be dominated by female lawmakers as this year political parties have nominated more women compared to the 2013 parliamentary […]