“Malawi’s Joyce Banda puts women’s rights at centre of new presidency” via @VitalVoices @Guardian #hwhtw

May 1, 2012 at 12:04 pm Leave a comment

Malawi’s new president is tough, smart, and savvy… and she’s pledged to pursue positive change for African women.

Malawi’s Joyce Banda puts women’s rights at centre of new presidency

‘I’m carrying this heavy load on behalf of all women,’ says first female president in southern Africa after foiling coup

For 48 turbulent hours she was the victim of a conspiracy that left the future of Malawi hanging in the balance. Then Joyce Banda made a critical phone call to the head of the army, asking if she could rely on his support. He said yes. And at that moment her place in history was assured.

“You ask how I feel to be the first female president in southern Africa?” she said in an interview. “It’s heavy for me. Heavy in the sense that I feel that I’m carrying this heavy load on behalf of all women. If I fail, I will have failed all the women of the region. But for me to succeed, they all must rally around.”

Read the full article: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/29/malawi-president-joyce-banda-women-rights

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