Machinga, Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Navicha has commended Machinga Women Forum (MAWOF) for the work it is undertaking to improve the welfare of women in the district.
Navicha made the commendation when she visited Machinga One Stop Centre and Machinga Women Forum premises as part of her familiarization tour to partners that are doing women empowerment programs in the country.
The minister said she was impressed with the socio-economic activities that the forum is engaged in aimed at uplifting lives of women in Machinga.
You have made Machinga a model district in as far as women empowerment is concerned. My ministry will surely support these women with capacity building training. I want them to be trained in value addition so that they fetch more money from what they are producing, Navicha said.
Navicha, however, encouraged women in the country to take advantage of the newly passed Land Act, saying the piece of legislation gives an opportunity to women to own land.
She also urged women to make good use of the Marriage Act which was passed in 2015, saying: Let us make sure that girls are getting married not only after reaching 18 years but also after completing their education.
Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Erica Maganga said a recent survey has shown that only seven percent of women in Malawi are involved in small scale business activities.
Most women are denied chance to take part in economic activities because they don’t have start-up capital, Maganga said, noting that for the country to sustainably develop, there was need for all people including women to participate in meaningful socio-economic activities.
Chairperson of MAWOF, Beatrice Chisuse said the forum was established in 2008 with the aim of improving the welfare of women. She said since its establishment, the forum has empowered 500, 000 women and 200, 000 girls through village savings and loan (VSL) activities.
We have also paid school fees to 100 needy girls while 10, 000 people have received justice and over 200, 000 are aware of their human rights and responsibilities through our interventions, Chisuse said.
Among others Machinga Women Forum supports girls with school needs and women across the district are economically empowered through VSL.
Source: MANA Online