Handouts hinder women, youth political participation -activist – Capital Radio Malawi
29 May, 2024

Handouts hinder women, youth political participation -activist

A woman casts her vote at CCAP Primary School polling station during the Malawi Tripartite general elections in Mzuzu, on May 21, 2019. - Malawi went to the polls on May 21 in a high-stakes election with a charged opposition and two serving cabinet ministers challenging President Peter Mutharika for a chance to govern the aid-dependent country for the next five years. (Photo by PATRICK MEINHARDT / AFP) (Photo credit should read PATRICK MEINHARDT/AFP via Getty Images)

One of the youth and women activists in the country, Maureen Kachala has cited handouts as a key element disadvantaging women and youth from political participation.

Kachala’s observation is coming as most political parties are preparing to hold elective conventions ahead of the 2024 general elections.

Kachala emphasized the crucial role of women and youth in shaping the nation’s political landscape but cited the lack of finances which hinder the ability of marginalized groups to effectively participate in politics.

“The handout politics in Malawi makes it difficult for people who can effect change to stand for positions. If people listened to ideas rather than expecting handouts, it would lead to better outcomes,” she remarked.

Kachala then urged women and youth to actively participate in political processes, emphasizing that meaningful change can only be achieved through their active engagement.

“We cannot be talking about us when there is no us in the positions of policy making. It is time to show up, speak up and demand our rightful place in shaping the future of our nation,” she emphasized.

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