In Malawi, women lag in political participation; support for women’s leadership declines

Gender equality
Political participation

Despite being led by a female president for almost two years, Malawian women are less likely to be involved in political discussions and show less interest in public affairs than their male counterparts, according to a 2014 Afrobarometer survey.

Women in Malawi are also less likely than men to attend a political rally or campaign meeting, to persuade others to vote for a candidate, and to work for a political candidate.

Survey results show a sharp decline in public support for women’s political leadership.

This data is being released at a time of vivid debate about which factors contributed to a decline in women’s representation in Parliament (from 22% in 2009 to 17% in 2014) despite several national efforts to enhance women’s participation in politics.

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