December 17, 2016 by Staff Reporter
Malawi’s first former female president Dr Joyce Banda says Women leadership continues to face a number of challenges across the world.
Banda, who is the Founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) made the remarks in Washington DC, United States Of America after accepting an invitation to join Council of Women Leaders.
“Women leadership is under attack across the world. As much as there are deliberate efforts to get as many women as possible into elected leadership positions, the major challenge is to keep them there.
“Women in leadership positions suffer misogyny and other forms of ridicule, which hold back other women from seeking elected office. Unless we allow as many women as possible to sit on the policy formulating table, many women and girls shall continue to suffer discrimination and abuse,” said Joyce Banda.
Banda, who was Africa’s second female president, has been at the forefront of the fight for equal rights for decades now.
According to the United Nations Foundation in Washington, new members of the Council also include the new British Prime Minister, Theresa May.
The Council of Women World Leaders is a network of current and former women prime ministers and presidents established in 1996 by Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, President of Iceland (1980-1996) and first woman in the world to be democratically elected president, Mary Robinson, President of Ireland (1990-1997) and Laura Liswood, Secretary General.
The Council’s goal is to use the symbolic importance of women leaders and the substantive experience of its members to support women’s full participation and representation in the political process at the highest levels, and encourage future women leaders.
President Dalia Grybauskaitė of Lithuania serves as Chair of the Council. The Council is hosted at the UN Foundation and has 63 members.