What is your name?
My name is Caroline mvalu.I come from Malawi and I represent the center for conflict management and women’s development affairs
What do you do?
Am the executive director of the organization. I look into Coordination, planning and implementation of the activities that we do.
How long have you been working here?
I’ve been working here for seven years
I used to work for an insurance company and left it to pursue my dreams. I heard the cries of women in Africa and left my job to be fight for their rights.
What has been the highlight of your career?
The highlight of my career has been to eradicate patriarchy in an environment that believes in it. I have empowered women, educated them on their rights, encourage self-reliance and economic empowerment.
What has been your biggest challenge?
The biggest challenge has been lack of funding. Women face a lot of challenges but they will not find funding to implement initiatives that benefit them.
What inspires you?
I am a single mother of three kids. One daughter and a set of twins a boy and a girl. They are my greatest joy.
What is your vision for women?
I want to see women put in positions of decision making and to fulfill their full potential.
Which sustainable goals do you wish to achieve as an organization by 2030?
The sustainable development goals that we look to achieve by 2030 are improved Reproductive health, Peace and security and Gender equality.
What are you doing at the grass root level to empower women?
We are doing economic empowerment through training and workshops especially in agriculture, We are also educating women on their rights and encouraging them to be vocal about it, Striving to educate the girl child and Getting rid of bad cultural practices like early marriages and FGM.
What do we need to do to achieve vision 2030 and African Agenda 2063?
The biggest culprit in Africa is Corruption because it hinders development and as a result women are stagnated and are lagging behind so we need to get rid of corruption.
What is your advice to young women?
I want to see girls going to school. They really have potential to achieve whatever they put their mind to. They should take time to study, concentrate in school and develop themselves. Children will come and marriages will always be there so they should put themselves first.