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Madam Mutharika emphasizes role of women in development

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Her Excellency the First Lady Professor Gertrude Mutharika says women have a role to play fostering development in the country if given roles in decision making positions.


Speaking to the people that gathered at Chisawani Primary School ground, Madam Mutharika said it remains her passion to ensure women development in all aspects of their lives and taking care of the vulnerable people including orphans.

Professor Mutharika then encouraged women to practice cleanliness and hygiene methods in their homes as a way of preventing illnesses that come about due to unclean environment.

The First Lady encouraged women to educate their girl child. She said early marriages come with a lot of consequences ranging from poverty and health issues that result from early childbearing like Fistula.

“Let me also condemn harmful cultural practices that also put women and girls at risk of contracting HIV/AIDS such as Kusasa fumbi and Chokolo. I urge traditional leaders to hold hands and practice only those cultural values that are meaningful and beneficial to women and the girl child,” explained Madam Mutharika.

Professor Mutharika then called on women to go for cervical cancer screening and said early detection of the disease helps to keep in check and cure it.

Member of Parliament for Blantyre South West constituency Kennedy Kachingwe thanked the First Lady for sparing time to address the people of his constituency and encourage them to be developmental conscious.

Kachingwe commended the President for his timely developments that are evenly spread across the country in constituencies of those from the ruling and opposition parties.

"My constituency has benefitted from the subsidy program, rural electrification, technical colleges and roads which are just part of the many developmental projects that the President has given to many Malawians,” said Kachingwe.

The First Lady held another women development meeting in Luchenza where she echoed the same message to women that graced the occasion.

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