Gender Equity and Social Inclusion

Malawi, for a long time, has had huge gender disparities in most sectors. This has been hinged on a traditional patriarchal social norm in Malawian societies. While there have been efforts to change the status quo, the disparities continue across all sectors. This has a worrying implication on participation in development by specific gender elements. Women and youth are still in majority. The population gap has dropped to just about 2%, with females at 51% and their male counterparts at 49% (Malawi Housing and Population Census 2018). However, their participation in political and administrative leadership remains worrisome. Gender, among other demographic factors, is a cause of social exclusion. Specific gender groups are excluded just on the basis of their gender regardless of whether they are in minority or not. Other social demographic characteristics include poverty, state of albinism, living with a chronic condition, ethnicity, religion, age group and occupation. The Commission continues to advocate for gender equity and social inclusion at institutional, community, district and national levels. Advocacy work on gender, minority rights and social inclusion is mainstreamed in all programs in the commission. Recently, the Commission played a significant role in the 50-50 campaign that has seen the increased representation of women in parliament and local councils. The Commission continues to advocate for women and minority rights groups inclusion in the political spectrum and public domain through engagement with human rights stakeholders and relevant Government agencies. At present, CCJP Lilongwe is a member of the National Gender Forum and a sitting member of the Gender Task Forces in the 7 districts that are in the Archdiocese of Lilongwe.