Banda: ‘We have failed the women of this world’

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In an exclusive interview with EURACTIV’s Rick Zednik, former Malawian President Joyce Hilda Banda urged world leaders to push more women into leadership positions, as they focus more ‘on issues that affect other women and children’.

Speaking at the Women In Parliaments Global Forum Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Banda explained what her hopes are for the post-2015 Sustainable Development goals.

“We didn’t achieve MDG 3, gender equality and women’s empowerment, and MDG 5, maternal health,” Banda said.

Banda was the president of Malawi from April 2012 to May 2014, taking office following the sudden death of President Bingu wa Mutharika.

As one of only two women to have held that office in an African country, Banda was named the most powerful woman in Africa by Forbes magazine in 2014.

Since leaving office, she has focused her energies on the Joyce Banda Foundation, a charitable organisation that focuses on women and children.

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