Thursday, 7 May 2015

Malawi’s former leader discusses misogyny in politics and her fight against corruption

Joyce Banda in 2012. Photograph: Sudarsan Raghavan/Washington Post/Getty Images

Joyce Banda, voted out of office a year ago. It speaks volumes about her short, turbulent time in power in Malawi, and the lessons it holds for female leaders everywhere.
“You just have to go and look at what’s happening to women presidents now and I don’t know whether that is going to attract women to enter politics because in Malawi my being in politics had a negative effect,” she told the Guardian in a rare interview. “Women decided ‘no, I would rather not join politics. If you end up being a leader and you’re treated like that, then I cannot do it.’”
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