Southern Africa: First female president says the time is now!

Southern Africa: First female president says the time is now!


Date: April 13, 2012
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In an interview with an Aljazeera news anchor, the newly sworn-in Republic of Malawi President, Joyce Banda said “my election (in 2009) as the vice president and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf (Liberian president) shows that Africans have grown in democracy [and] they have confidence in both women and men in leading them. Africans have decided that the time is now that women can also participate in leadership.”

Banda has become the first female president in the region (Southern Africa) after the death of President BinguwaMutharika and the second in Africa after Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia. The former deputy president replaces (and had clashed badly) with her predecessor who had vowed never to relinquish power before experiencing a heart attack late last week.

Her appointment brings a wave of hope to Malawi and is one way in which the region is moving towards the attainment of 50/ 50 representation of women and men in politics and decision making by 2015. This is in line with the provisions of the 2008 SADC Protocol on Gender and Development. Click here to read more


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Edward Musonda says:

It is very interesting to see that SADC region has a female President. I would like to commend President Joyce Banda and also to urge her to stay focused as she takes the bigger responsibilities.

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