Malawi Government calls on chiefs to protect women rights

Lilongwe, Government Tuesday called on chiefs in the country to protect and respect women rights.

Senior State Advocate on Human Rights Section at ministry of justice, Mathews Gamadzi made the remarks when he officially opened the workshop of traditional leaders on the rights of women at Golden Peacock Hotel in Lilongwe.

Gamadzi said the workshop is part of several events marking 30 years of entry into force of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights.

Gamadzi said, “We are celebrating this anniversary in this manner is an indicator of government seriousness in entrenching a culture of human rights and the rule of law in Malawi.”

“We need to empower Chiefs, because these are the ones who take care of the people so if they are empowered that they can also inform the communities they are coming from, to protect and respect women rights”.

He further said the meeting will help to seek and get enjoyment of rights to the people and discuss the progress we have made as a nation in enhancing the rights of women.

Commenting on the issue Chief Mbelwa V said there is need to consider issues of rights when it comes to protecting women, referring back in the days of Jesus Christ that women were said to be taking care of their families and do nothing else for their society.

“Let’s be careful here because of the way we are handling this issues of women rights. In the past women were made to take care of families and not to be leaders,” said Mbelwa V.

Source: Malawi News Agency – MANA