Fall in love with yourselves , JB tips Malawi women

President Joyce Banda on Friday urged all women in Malawi to fall in love with themselves for God is love.

Banda made the call in Lilongwe during the world day of prayers for women which were organised by Egyptian women.

During the prayers, women from different religious beliefs came together to prayer. She said it is ideal for women to love themselves first for it is said in the Bible that love your neighbor as you love yourself.

President Banda greets former Official Hostess Mama Cecilia Kadzamira at the prayers - Pic by Lisa Vintulla

President Banda greets former Official Hostess Mama Cecilia Kadzamira at the prayers – Pic by Lisa Vintulla

“If you do not fall in love with yourself, it will be hard for you to love your neighbor, rather it is essential for you to love yourself so that you do the same to your neighbor,” President Banda advised.

The first citizen also took her time to advise women to always aim for the best in their families.

According to Banda a family is likened to a human being who always needs to be fed.

Said Banda: “ Mind on things you talk to your children because whatever you say to them sticks in their minds, don’t fight in front of them, if any grievances arise, solve them amicably without the notice of the children.”

Further, the Malawi leader also said women should stop treating a boy child in a family like a king while burdening a girl child with household chores.

“I am saying this through my own experience; I have my son whom I have spoiled. I never taught him how to cook, but time came when he went to America for studies, but I tell you that he stayed for a month eating bread and sauce because he did not know how to cook food.

“In the same way, I urge all of you gathered here to always give the best to your children for the betterment of the children themselves as well as you as a parent,” she urged.

World day of prayer for women is a global, ecumenical movement of Christian women joined together to observe a common day of prayers.

It started in the United States of America in 1887 as Ellen James, wife to a Presbyterian minister from Network called for a day of prayers.

This year’s day of prayers for women was commemorated under the theme ‘streams in the desert.’

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