Former President of Malawi Dr Joyce Banda who is also the President of the former ruling People’s Party has been named among the 100 most influential people on gender policy around the Global.

Among other notable names on the list as released by the international reputable Organization Apolitical is the Youthful President of France Emmanuel Macron,Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau,Former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (Kings college) Julia Gillad,Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Amina Mohammed,World Bank Group Senior Director, Gender Caren Grown,Co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates,Ex-Chilean President and Executive Director of the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women Michelle Bachelet,Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan,Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern,Prime Minister of Iceland Katrin Jakobsdottir,former minister of Netherlands and MP Lilianne Ploumen and many others.

According to the information posted on Apolitical website,the nominations was drawn from dozens of gender equality experts and leading organisations in the field.

It further stated that the list has been drawn based on individual contribution and achievements on gender policy,and it was not that easy to come up with the list of these great people in the world.

The aim of this special recognition is to celebrate the people that are making our societies fairer and better to live in.

“Our thinking in compiling this list is what underpins everything we do at Apolitical: that public servants deserve recognition, and that celebrating the best encourages the spread of good ideas. And that if you give public servants authoritative information and access to their colleagues’ help, you can change the world”

Dr Joyce Banda has just returned back home from United States of America after spending four years at Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars doing research on gender related issues as a distinguished fellow.

However pressure is mounting on her as many Malawians are opting for her for the presidency come 2019

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