Joyce Banda becomes first female president in Malawi

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According to Ms. Magazine, Joyce Banda, women’s rights activist and Malawi’s vice president, became the first female president Saturday when she was sworn in following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika in the nation’s capital, Lilongwe.

Malawi was given the news of the president’s death several days after he died, according to the article. Banda had fallen out with Mutharika in 2010, which raised questions about her succession among some. After being expelled from her party, the Democratic Progressive Party, for refusing to support Mutharika’s decision to prepare his brother for succession, Banda formed her own party, the People’s Party, while she remained vice president, according to BBC News.

Banda has been a longtime women’s rights activist, organizing around women’s empowerment in Malawi. In January, she marked with Malawian women, calling for the end to street violence on women. She also founded the Young Women Leaders Network and the Joyce Banda Foundation, an organization that supports young girls, many of whom are HIV positive.

related articles: USA Today, and Toronto Star


About Haley Behre

I graduated from Syracuse University in December 2011 with majors in newspaper journalism and women and gender studies. Using these majors, I aspire to become a journalist who writes about human rights issues. I have held internships at the Syracuse New Times, Dash Media PR Firm, Syracuse Post-Standard and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. I also had an internship at the Not For Sale Campaign Syracuse chapter, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating human trafficking. I was born in Seoul, Korea on September 30, 1990 and moved to the United States before I was one year old. When I was 8, my family and I moved to Norwich, England for three years. While I was here I was immersed into a new culture and got to experience many things other children my age do not get to. Over the three years, I visited Ireland, France and the Netherlands several times, and Belgium, Wales and Sweden once. In the winter of 2010, I got an amazing opportunity to visit Kenya for a month. This was by far the single most eye-opening experience of my life thus far. The natural beauty of the landscape and its people do not compare to anything I have seen. I currently intern for the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press in the hopes of getting a full-time job at a newspaper or non-profit after.
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