As the country heads for 2019 general elections, journalists have been challenged to profile women more often by highlighting their leadership strength.
The call was made in Zomba during a media training workshop which was organized by UN Women aimed at enhancing capacity of the media to completely and accurately report on issues of women political participation.
At the workshop political parties have been blamed for Malawi’s poor record of women representation in politics.
Political commentators observed that most political party leaders are reluctant to allow women contest on their ticket because they are deemed weaker as compared to male counterparts.
According to players in the electoral cycle, women form a larger part of candidates that face various forms of abuse when contesting for a political party position.
Financial constraints, cultural and religious beliefs were also cited as some of the factors that have negatively impacted on women participation in political position unlike men.