The representatives from the Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs) formally known as Disabled Peoples Organizations (DPOs) have gone through a three day gender mainstreaming training workshop that took place in Blantyre facilitated by Women’s Resource Legal Center (WORLEC).
In an effort to curb gender stereotype in its affiliated organizations, FEDOMA conducted such a training workshop for all OPDs to understand how they can address gender issues and how they can accommodate females in their institutions and in policy making process.
It was revealed during the workshop that a ratio of 45:24 is the gender composition in the organizations’ boards and managements in almost all OPDs where 45 represents males on average and 24 represents females on average and a ratio of 50: 48 is that of male & female participation in decision making process, the development that see females being left behind and this brings the picture that OPDs do not embrace gender issues to the fullest due to among other reasons that top ranking personnel lack knowledge concerning gender mainstreaming and lack of capacity building to both males and females.
Speaking after the workshop, Chair person of Malawi Union of the Blind MUB Women Wing, Ulemu Kumwenda expressed gratitude to FEDOMA saying the training has come at aright time as it stands as an eye opener in as far as gender mainstreaming is concerned.
“I would like to thank FEDOMA for organizing this session as we shall go home with a right message concerning gender mainstreaming in our organizations and let me assure you, this is a mindset change to all of us and from today on wards, we shall restructure our institutions so that they should be in line with what we have learnt in these three days”, said Kumwenda.
In her remarks, Naomie Kaluwa from Sight savers Malawi, the organization that funded the workshop, commended all participants for showing interest to gain competence in gender issues saying they should not take this for granted rather, the workshop should bring positive change in as far as gender mainstreaming is concerned.
“Let me extend my appreciation to all of you for not only attending the workshop but also participating positively. It is our hope at Sight savers that the training will help you to address gender issues in your organizations and it is our hope as well that FEDOMA will monitor the change we are fighting for in as far as gender mainstreaming is concerned”, she said.
Representatives from all 12 FEDOMA affiliated organizations turned up to attend the training workshop.