Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Arising issues on Joyce Banda's DPP firing

Zachimalawi has noted that Gender and human rights activists are not coming out clearly on the firing of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) First-Vice President, Joyce Banda.
Take, for instance, Faustace Chirwa of Women's Lobby Group. She was on Capital FM some three days ago, where she condemned the DPP for the unceremonious sacking of Banda while, at the same time, not speaking anything about the fall of DPP Second-Vice President, Khumbo Kachali.
It is clear most Gender activists are propagating feminism, as opposed to gender.
When asked what she (Chirwa) could do if she were in Banda's position, she did not hesitate to say she would have remained royal to the party's leaders- only to turn wolf in 2013 or there-abouts.

There goes the contradiction: Chirwa seems to suggest that Banda committed something wrong or made a mistake.
Now, other gender activists- those who know the difference between feminism and gender- are worried that people like Chirwa may anger the State President, Bingu wa Mutharika, who may end up replacing Banda with a man.
These activists believe that the best thing to (moving from feminism to gender equality and equity) is to implore Mutharika to elevate another woman in the party to the position Banda held.
Their school of thought suggests that gender quality is not about personality (in this case the fired Banda) but issues. If it is women's rights Malawi is fghting for, then, let gender activists propagate the replacement of Banda with a fellow woman.
This, as Zachimalawi can say, is really gender advocacy. Others are propagating feminism.
The bottom line is that there is a thin line between feminism and gender activism in Malawi, and this has bred confusion in rural areas. Even some town mongers don't get this.

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