Professor Gertrude Mutharika made the remarks during a women’s development meeting which she held at Lomola Catholic Primary school in Thyolo when she soared time to engage women on developmental issues and share information on issues of national importance.
Madam Mutharika said that time has come for women to work together and indulge in issues that can improve their lives.
The First Lady urged women to be agents of change instead of staying idle. Madam Professor Mutharika said time has come for women to uplift one another. She said it is so sad to note that some women spend their time gossiping instead of changing their lives.
On the other hand, the First Lady urged women to encourage girls to complete their education before getting married.
“The majority of this country is comprised of women and that’s the more reason why we have to stick together and support each other. We develop faster and better when we work together. Let us stop looking down on each other and start elevating and supporting the businesses and jobs that other women do. Imagine how much we can achieve by working together.
“Let me also take this opportunity to urge all mothers here present to encourage our girls to go to school and not marry them away as a way of ending poverty in our households. This only brings more problems when that marriage ends. We need to empower our women with education,” explained Madam Mutharika.
Among other things Madam Mutharika urged people in the area to exercise cleanliness during this rainy season to prevent water-borne diseases.
Speaking earlier, during the function, Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa commended the First Lady for the good work that she has been doing in the country.
Also speaking during the function, Director of Women for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party in the Southern region, Bertha Nachuma said Madam Mutharika has proved that she is a patriotic citizen considering how she has been motivating women across the country.
Nachuma promised the First Lady of women’s continued support and this is not the first time the First Lady has organized such an interactive session. Of late Madam Mutharika has been interacting with different women groupings among them, civil servants.