Ireen Mambala, Ireen is a Member of Parliament for Malawi’s Balaka South Constituency, although she also belongs to the Forum for Democratic Devolution. She is a member of Malawi’s Parliamentary Committees on Women Caucus, Transport & Infrastructure, and Education. She is a strong supporter of women’s empowerment.
She has spent her career advocating for the rights of women and girls, who are the most marginalized members of society. Her passion is to serve and use her current position to change the landscape of leadership by enabling other women to run for office and make decisions. She is from a remote place where everyone, particularly young girls, sees her as an example of what women can do. Winning the parliamentary seat in 2019 against nine male candidates is a big milestone in her life and a story that inspires many young people, particularly girls in her constituency.
Aside from parliamentary work, she directs the ‘Give Me Books, Not Husband or Wife’ project for young people to encourage young people to be educated. She believes that to succeed, we must have bold and progressive leadership that answers to and is accountable to its people. That is what she is as a legislator.
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