Malawi's new cabinet ministers vow to push for jobs for women

  • Friday 10, July 2020 07:38 AM
  • Malawi's new cabinet ministers vow to push for jobs for women
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Malawi's newly-elected President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed women to a record 12 of 31 cabinet positions, with the new female leaders vowing to use their roles to help other women.
Women now hold 39% of the ministerial and deputy minister roles in the cabinet appointed by Chakwera, 65, who unseated Peter Mutharika in a re-run presidential election last month, which compared to about 20% in the previous government.

Vera Kamtukule, chief executive for the Malawi Scotland Partnership who was appointed Deputy Labour Minister, said she would not disappoint women in the southeast African nation.

Malawi is ranked 116 out of 153 nations in the World Economic Forum's 2020 Global Gender Gap index.