We must therefore do some introspection and identify where we, ourselves might be on that spectrum and re-educate ourselves about equality in order to move towards greater compliance
By Kondanani Chilimunthaka
Speaking from Malawi’s Capital, Lilongwe when he presided over the International Women’s Day, President Lazarus Chakwera, bemoaned the bias that exists against women in various places, saying women suffer bias in many ways in homes, workplaces and communities, adding that to end the vice the citizens must acknowledge its existence and call it out for what it is whenever they see it at any place.
“Each of us must begin that process of acknowledging the existence of bias by examining our own bias against women. It’s easier to point the finger at others than at ourselves. But bias is not so much a line we cross as it is a spectrum we move along. Just because we are not guilty of one form of bias against women does not mean we are not complicit in other form.
We must therefore do some introspection and identify where we, ourselves might be on that spectrum and re-educate ourselves about equality in order to move towards greater compliance with the principles of equality, and in this country we have the Gender Equality Act, are following SDG5 and other policies that regulate these things, for we need to be conscientious about these things.” said Chakwera.
He further said breaking the bias in every sector remains a powerful idea for being confrontational, and action-oriented that cannot be treated with kid gloves, or end through words.
President Chakwera then expressed his pleasure upon the launch of digital platform of profiles of Malawi’s Professional Women, saying it will allow all stakeholders to be deliberate in their consideration of women for various positions in the professional world, adding that it is in response to his public request for support in identifying professional women who can be a resource to the country’s developmental agenda, and that he is committed to see that the platform is put to good use.
This year’s International Women’s Day has been commemorated under the theme “Breaking The Bias.”