Malawi’s First Lady Monica Chakwera has expressed the need to equip women with the right skills so that they can contribute to the social and economic growth of their families and the country.
Chakwera spoke in Salima on Tuesday during a visit to the Transformative Women Economic Empowerment Project run by the Women Legal Resource Center (WOLREC).
Chakwera was accompanied by Mozambique’s First Lady Isaura Nyusi.
She said some of the key steps towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are women’s economic empowerment and financial inclusion.
“Through years of efforts to empower women and close the gender gap, we can see that many women have contributed to the development of our country and continue to contribute to the development of our country, especially in the area of economic transformation,” she said.
Ms. Chakwera complained, however, that gender-based violence (GBV) and the lack of economic self-determination continue to prevent women from contributing to the social advancement of their communities.
She therefore stressed that initiatives like the one in Salima are important steps to close the gaps.
At this point, Chakwera said her Shaping Our Future Foundation envisions the holistic development of a village girl by keeping her in school and empowering women.
Women’s economic empowerment is the weapon needed to break the cycle of poverty, she said.
For her part, Nyusi said she was impressed with the projects aimed at empowering women economically.
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