Malawi first lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika
Government has urged people to respect the crucial role women play in improving the country’s socio-economic development.
The first lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika was speaking on Thursday during commemorations of this year’s International Women’s Day.
The commemorations were held at the Bingu international convention centre in the capital Lilongwe.
Speaking during the event, the first lady observed that women in the country contribute a lot in improving the welfare of people at both community and national level.
She noted with concern that jealousy amongst women is having a negative bearing on the country’s development.
Madame Mutharika has since called for collaboration among key stakeholders in a bid to end child marriage, child trafficking and domestic violence.
The International Women’s Day has been commemorated under the theme: “Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Girl’s and Women’s Lives”.
The day was set aside by the United Nations to promote women’s rights and women participation in political, social and economic cycles.
During the ceremony, the first lady was also given a special award on upholding the principles of Human Decency and Humanitarian efforts.
The award is the high level recognition of her great service to humanity and to women, girls and other vulnerable groups in Malawi.
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