CCJP wants more women aspirants in 2025 general elections

By Maston Kaiya

The Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Dedza Diocese has embarked on a one-year project aimed at enhancing participation of women in the 2025 general elections.

Speaking on Tuesday in Ntcheu when presenting the project to Ntcheu District Executive Committee members, CCJP’s Project Officer for the Dedza Diocese, Horace Kasudze said among others, the project seeks to increase knowledge of civic rights and responsibilities among women.

CCJP’s Project Officer for the Dedza Diocese, Horace Kasudze

Ntcheu District has one female ward councillor out of fourteen and one female Member of Parliament out of seven.

“Social-cultural and ethnic factors and intra-party inclusivity are some of the factors that are affecting women participation in politics. We want to empower them to actively participate in the electoral process,” said Kasudze.

Kasudze said CCJP highlighted that 81 percent of expected registration was achieved in 2019, citing 56 percent being female and 44 percent being male.

He said the organization will conduct district multi-stakeholder dialogues with the Malawi Electoral Commission, husbands of female aspirants, media organisations, political parties and other stakeholders for increased support for female aspirants.

In his remarks, Principal Gender Officer for Ntcheu district, Phales Chizule commended the project for promoting the representation of women in the 2025 general elections.

“We are only worried with the project duration which is short and is ending in October before the general elections,” Chizule said.

Chizule said the gender office looks forward to improved coordination in the course of the project implementation and a probability of extension up until the general elections.

She then urged other organizations to support women aspirants in the district.

CCJP is implementing Enhancing the Participation of Women in the 2025 Malawi General Elections in Ntcheu with funding from the United Nations Development Programme.