As President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera assumes the leadership of southern Africa’s most powerful block, a child rights activist has called the President to utilize the opportunity to safeguard children’s rights.
Lucky Mbewe cited cases of serious child abuse cases in several SADC countries including Mozambique which is grappling with a growing insurgency.
Speaking with Timveni, Mbewe said, "The SADC chairmanship presents the best platform for President Chakwera to advocate for children’s rights."
Mbewe hinted that Malawi has to fight child labour, child trafficking and various forms of abuse to effectively lead the sixteen member group.
The activist, who is also Center for Youth Empowerment and Civic Education Executive Director, has pledged support towards protecting children’s rights.
Meanwhile government says it will take advantage of the SADC chairmanship to enhance financial independence among women and girls in the region.
This was disclosed during the Feminist Micro-Economic Alliance organized session which was held on Saturday in Lilongwe.
Speaking after the session, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati said, "Women within the SADC region continue to face various obstacles when accessing social-economic rights."
Kaliati shared common concerns with non-governmental organization calling for the need to support young women.
She pledged government’s support in lobbying for more resources towards women empowerment.
The session was held under the theme “Covid-19, Development Financing, Regional Integration and Industrialization Agenda that works for Women and Girls.
Taking his turn, Action aid Executive Director Assan Golowa requested government to eliminate middlemen offering low prices for farm produce to women who are engaged in small businesses.