Minister of Gender, Disability and Children welfare Dr. Jean Kalirani made the call in Lilongwe during a press briefing ahead of the 2017 international day of women which will be commemorated on 8th March at Masangano Junior Primary School ground in Ntchisi.
Kalirani said our status today is a culmination of the talents of women’s contribution in one way or the other.
“Let us celebrate the wonderful day by acknowledging and appreciating what women have done to our lives for us to be productive citizens.”
“In a special way, let us give all women of Malawi the necessary respect and support in whatever they do to make Malawi a better country to live in,” said the Minister.
She further stated that the day also reminds us the rallying point for recognizing women’s achievements over the years and their valuable contributions to our families, communities and country.
“The day provides us an opportunity to renew our commitment to promote women’s rights for strengthening our freedom, justice, equal participation and the attainment of sustainable development goals at all levels,” she said.
On her part, Chairperson for NGO Gender Coordination Network Emma Kaliya cautioned all men who look down upon women as inferior to stop as women have potential as well.
“There are some men who look down on women as inferior, other organizations do not employ women, this is un called for and should stop for us women have potential to perform given a chance to,” said kaliya.
This year’s international day of women will be commemorated under the theme ‘closing the gender gap in the world of work by 2030’.