ADVOCATES of the 50:50 campaign have been advised to encourage steady cultural change and be realistic in their pursuit to accomplish 50 percent women representation in elected positions.
A prominent newspaper columnist, John Kamunyanje Shaba continues to question the practicality of the gender equality campaign that was recently launched in Malawi ahead of the 2019 tripartite elections.
He explained that campaigners run into the danger of imposing immediate cultural change on a largely conservative Malawian society that comprises a lot of uneducated members.
Having observed policies used by proponents of the campaign, Shaba is exceptionally convinced that the advocates are seeking an instantaneous realization of results an approach which, in his strong opinion, is extremely detrimental.
The social commentator is of the view that 50:50 campaigners should strategically realign their goal in such a way that results are achieved step by step.
Shaba noted with concern that in the current setup the campaign is taking a revolutionary approach to attain cultural change.
He warns that revolutionary changes have a proven reputation of bringing about damaging results.
The columnist stresses that he is not opposed to change but has a huge problem with excessive change, occurring suddenly.
Shaba advises 50:50 campaigners to take implement their project gradually and in phases.
He further describes the goal of achieving 50 percent women representation in next year’s polls as unnecessary and unrealistic.
The columnist provides as evidence leading nations in the campaign that took ages to realise notable results.
Shaba accuses campaigners of attempting to make Malawian experimental garden for foreign cultures.
He also provides reasons why he is opposed with a parliament filled with women members.
Shaba insinuates that many of his reasons against the 50:50 campaign are not politically correct.
They include lack of unconvincing reasons why women should be deliberately elected, failure by women to make independent decisions, violation of fair competition rules by intentionally campaigning for women at the expense of men and effects of maternity leave over productivity.