JB addresses global women forum in Chicago: Malawi ex leader

Malawi’s former President Joyce Banda has said that the main challenges to development in Africa are poverty, lack of opportunity and lack of income. She said because of poverty, most families go hungry and are food insecure, which in turn impact on child development and growth.

Banda addressing the gathering

Banda addressing the gathering

A cross section of the audience listening to JB speech

A cross section of the audience listening to JB speech

JB at Chicago Council on Global Affairs consultative meeting

JB at Chicago Council on Global Affairs consultative meeting

She was speaking on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at the Women and Global Development Forum at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, in Chicago, Illinois.

The Forum seeks to increase public awareness of global women’s issues. The forum works with local, national and international partners to bring practitioners and thought leaders to Chicago for a series of discussions.

Through open dialogue, the forum increases awareness and understanding of emerging local and global challenges, successful development initiatives, and notable examples of leadership featuring women in the United States and from around the world.

Banda’s presentation was on: “By protecting and investing in children, fighting corruption and empowering women, Africa may be able to solve many of its most endemic problems and fully engage in the global economy. What priorities do African leaders need to set in order for their continent to thrive? How can the international business and civic communities support these efforts?”

Addressing the forum, she noted that the 20th Century was a difficult one for Africa, saying although independence from colonial rule in the 1950s and 60s brought hope and enthusiasm, it did not necessarily correspond with the socio-economic independence that the majority of the people had aspired for.

“Too often, Africa failed to harness the talent of the people and the wealth of her countries, especially its youth and women. Undoubtedly, the history of Africa’s independence cannot be complete without mentioning the role women and youth of the continent played during the struggle for independence. Most of the founding fathers of the African countries were young men and women of their time,” she said.

After decades of political and economic experimentation with our development partners, the African development agenda went seriously wrong, she said.

“As the continent could not protect and invest much in her children, the prescriptions by the IMF and World Bank did not help either. They further slowed down our growth. The reforms did not focus on Africa to develop her own industries but continued to be provider of raw materials,” observed Banda.

Tackling corruption, she said it prevalent in all sectors of society; in Government, private sector, civil society organizations and “it is prevalent among development partners”.

She said therefore when addressing corruption, holistic approach and a globalized mindset are a prerequisite.

“Leaders must put people first and as hard as it is to fight corruption. We must continue with the fight for the benefit of ordinary people. As we know, corruption is an impediment to economic growth and development and the main victims of corruption are women and children,” she said.

On children, Banda noted that over 40 percent children are stunted and malnourished in Africa due to poor feeding. Africa did not invest enough in her children, she said.

But Banda said the situation was now improving. The child health days campaigns and provision of Vitamin A to women and their new born babies six weeks after birth and up to five years of age including nutrition support, are showing positive impact, she noted.

“It is very essential that we invest in the first 1,000 days of a child and promote early childhood development programs if we have to bring up healthy adults. Despite that our local community set-ups do provide protection for children, most families fail to adequately protect and invest in children because of lack of income.  As a result, they fail to send their children to school because of poverty and lack of income,” said Banda.

“Is it fair that our children do not go to school? Is it fair that women, who constitute the majority of our population, stay on the sidelines of our economies? Is it fair that young children bring up their fellow children? Or is it fair that the poor should look after the poor? How long will Africa wait?

“We need to commit ourselves to help influence creating opportunities for women in the informal sector, market places, small and medium businesses to earn income through deliberate policies and programs that are inclusive, participatory and equitable,” said Banda.

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60 thoughts on “JB addresses global women forum in Chicago: Malawi ex leader”

  1. Kalanga says:

    Thumb up JB! Work hard in this role!

  2. Mamamama says:

    Mama Joyce just come home and open the farms in order to produce more !!!! Azunguwo have huge farms. Visit North Dakota, Kansas and even Texas, will have an opportunity to learn. Chicago people are bussiness people who buy African goods so cheaply!!!

  3. NTHAKOMWA CLIVE says:

    I PERSONALLY LIKE YOUR EFFORTS MAMA & PLEASE KEEP IT UP WE ARE BEHIND YOU JB.

  4. Cashgate 1 says:

    I find JB being more influential now and I believe she will continue her good work. If I were her advisor, I would encourage her to invest more in her current role than considering running as a president in the next election. She is a better leader in her current role. That’s my view.

  5. Paul J.C.Mwafulirwa. says:

    Four month after elections and here we are still preoccupied with politics instead of shifting our attention to issues that can help us build our economy which is hanging in the balance. JB did her noble task of saving the country from total corrupse and she is now on another level ( International role) putting the country on the world stage. Perpetual jealousy will not take us anywhere. Let her use her tarents and let each one of us use ours for the betterment of the country. Let us not behave like a banch of guilty people who are always affraid of their own shadows.

  6. Victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Looking at the content, good speech, no politics. Nothing wrong here. Non-wasteful implementation of the issues without wasting resources should however been the case

  7. Sekani says:

    JB continues to rise rise and rise each passing day. I really like the way she has moved on since the May 20 polls. She is indeed in class of her own. If she wasnt worthy the sort the dpp wouldnt have been wasting time fighting her left right and centre. Viva zjB Viva.

  8. Ndani wagulitsa dziko? says:

    We stil love u mama..JB

  9. Mdicai Longwe says:

    Lungalunga mpobadwa chilema chichita kudza. Mayi JB sanafune kuti anenepe chonchi koma chauta. Ndiye za ku Gym mukunenazo a Phiri sizikugwirizana olo pang’ono. Inuyo mawa mwina muthyoka mwendo ndiye ife basi tizayambe kukusekani. Ayi sititero anthuni.

  10. UTSOGOLERI UNATHA MVULA IMAPITA NUGUNDA AZUNGU NDI ANDANI?

  11. opportunist says:

    JB shining again among white people. Carry on.

    1. wandale says:

      Unakati shining kumwamba ndikanamva, azungu ndi ndani kodi! ndinu omaseta nkhalamba zawo aja eti kusiya zanu mmidzimu!

  12. phiri says:

    JB should be going to the gym otherwise her obesity will catch up with her , bp , heart attack etc shape ngati pig choncho kutichitisa manyazi a malawi , azunguwatu akudabwa kuti this fat lady ?????

  13. Munthu wa Mkulu says:

    For the first time kuona azungu akupanga attend meeting addressed by a black African woman. Apa nde jelous down, Mayiwa akhwana basi!

    1. Dzoneni says:

      Are you sure of what you are saying? Simunayende eti.,

  14. mapwesea says:

    Hahahahaha! Akulu akulu chamba muzitsuta bwino,mupenga.munthu wabwinobwino angafanizile ka Joyce ndi AMUNA a Peter Muthalika.Peter anamunyenga kale joisi plain pa 20 May 2014.Akafuna round ina anena.How many malawians are going out side malawi to attend or present at international conferences?Joyce is a mere secretary who is lucky to be above other secretaries

  15. makechisasa says:

    Auzeni a Chaponda kuti munthuyi amachita kupangidwa invite nkupemphedwanso kuti akalankhule, she is not an embarrassement to some of us, rather we are proud of her! Ine or wina atandiika doom nkamwa ndivomera ndithu chokweza kuti amayi omweo kuti wawa wa! Amayi mundandichotsa ine pa mzere wamafuta pa filling station pomwe ena adatipachikapo……eeeish! Chiuta wali namwe wa mama.Osanamizana maiwa adayesestsa koma adazunguliridwa ndi anthu a dyera……aliyense anali pakalikiliki kuti maiwa agwe basi akhalepo iwo…..chikwawa nkombezi…..kkkkkk!

  16. stv says:

    Viva mama jb

  17. Tsamba Likagwa says:

    Abale zinazi zosekesa. Zoona muzifanizila President ndi munthu wina wangopita ku seminar. Zoona?? Ndi a Malawi angati amapita ku maseminar?, Ndiye mukufuna nafe tikuonesteni zithunzi zathu za ku SEMINAAAA????????

    Please compare like with like. not Chambo nd usipa? Peter ndi kuchitekete bambo!

    DPP oyeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  18. Winanso says:

    NOW I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY DPP GURUS ARE NOT HAPPY: KANTHENDA KA NSANJE KAJA SIKADZATHA

  19. Danny says:

    JB YOU ARE PATALI NDIPO SINDIKUONA MUNTHU WOFANANA NANU MAYI WATHU WOKONDEDWA.CHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEERS MASITENI AND MPHAVU NGATI MKANGO KUTI BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU.MORE FIRE JB!JB FOR REAL AND LIFE!

  20. sautso says:

    JB ndinyatwa palibenso

  21. Bandajr says:

    But God is really love who thought that Mtsikana wagukitsa zitumbuwa ku Nsewo ku Domasi can speak to the whites in America? Koma tell her azipitako ku church. She lost elections because she was deceitful to God by mention HIM at every unnecessary occasion now get a lesson Joice. Mpakana ukubera and yet you had everything??? SUDZAWINANSO MOYO WAKO WONSE.

  22. philosophy says:

    KODI AKANALI KU AMERICA? TSOPANO ANTHU AKE KUNO A PP ANGOLUMANA LUMANA NANGA CHANGE GOAL MKUMUDALIRA? UDZAPEZA WA CHANGERED GOLO SAMALA JB.

  23. Kabwiro says:

    Global Women Forum azibambo ndevu zili pepelere.

  24. James Liuma says:

    Good Job JB. I am not a fan. But I always give credit where credit is do.

  25. buhle mkwananzi says:

    am even surprised that this jb woman is much more popular in america and around europe than this mathanyula guy, so you mlakho nguru thugs you should compete with her at your own risk. funso nkumati chonchi mungamukwanitse??????????????????????????

  26. Kandinenere says:

    JB! JB! JB! JB! mulungu wakuchotsa pa kaMalawi wakuika paGlobal recognition koma mulungu ameneyu aaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. eric says:

    well done mama proud of you

  28. Here we go again says:

    Ignore her in Malawi but globely she is recognized, sakufunanso wina alalikire za iye koma ntchito zake zikutiuza za iye. sanatiuze kuti ali ku America but see what is coming from their, briliant Madam you inpire me alot madam

  29. godobaman says:

    amayi omwewo kuti wawa amayi omwewo kuti wawa palibenso mai wina opikisana nanu kunu kwanu ku malawi mai ,kaliati ndiwoyaluka

  30. anonymous says:

    i feel good to see one of our women standing infront of magnitude of people listening to our loved mama Joice Banda, it impress me alot, but i love APM too as our current president and i love you mama Joice Banda i like that, together we will move MALAWI forward

  31. Alungwana says:

    A very good development.

  32. Sidix says:

    Malawi is falling apart.Breaking into states. A sign that the Lomwe leader has failed to unit Malawians. Shame on you! Inu, Peter analephera kuyendetsa unduna wa maphunziro ndi wamalamulo! Dziko angathe?

  33. hadson says:

    so great mama JB.

  34. Ngozo says:

    She is a wonderful leader, though no longer president but has good leadership skills.

  35. Achimtedza says:

    Viva JB palibenso, nanga wamasagwidi Patricia uja ali kuti ndi mwano wake uja…. Amva phein.

  36. Alexander chimbuwira says:

    Bravo mama jb…God has planed for u to be grobal lecture on womem affairs, see now malawi is a world popurality coz of ur positive deed. All in all we praises heavenly father tu act abanduntly thru ur initiative to promote poor women across de world, u are supper power mama, still missing u in controling our nation.

  37. Jokeje says:

    shaaaaaaa! peter ndi nyaphathi weniweni!

  38. Tilitonse says:

    JB, continue to raise the Malawi Flag high out there. Above all, never forget to praise your God for the excetional gifts yo hve- love for others, respect of fellow human beings, ability to articulate issues convincingly. Muwongengi Yehova ama

  39. Abiti Mtila says:

    Mayi amandasi! She is not a Presidential material. APM is the Malawi Head of State for the next 5 years!

    1. CANAAN says:

      Iwe ndiye mukutaya nthawi yako pachabe ndi makomenti ako. Wadya masikono angati a mathanyula? Utsegula m’mimba ndipo siunati.

  40. Malawianmom says:

    IF YOU WERE AWARE OF ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT, WHY DID YOU FAIL TO PUT A SYSTEM TOGETHER TO HELP OUR NATION; EVEN WITH ALL THE HELP YOU HAD FROM LONDON; WHILE IN THE OFFICE. ALL WE HEAD WAS MY BOY ! MY BOYS!!! ON ALL YOUR SPEECHES. ITS ALWAYS EASY TO PREACH THAN PLACTICE IT.

    NOW LOOK HERE , THE PAST IS OVER,THE NATION HOPES THAT, WHAT EVER YOU COLLECT FROM THE WHITE MAN LAND, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO PUT IT IN GOOD USE. BEACUASE THE WHOLE WORLD, THEIR EYES ARE ON YOU NOW.
    MY ADVISE TO YOU IS, YOU HAVE GOOD POINTS, AND YOU SEEM TO BE FRISSON OF WHAT YOU ARE DOING. WHEN YOU COME HOME WITH ALL THIS WISDOM. PLEASE SET UP A FORUM, TALK SHOW,WOMAN AND MEN LEAGUE, AND EDUCATE THE NATION, HOW BEST TO DO THINGS IN OUR NATION. IN MALAWI WE NEED ALLOT OF CIVIC EDUCATION. GOOD LUCK AND, TRADE WISELY.

  41. bikoko says:

    Momwe akuonekela anthu onwe akumveselao zikuoneka kuti ndi agologolonso mmaiko akwao, komanso nkumano umeneo, subwelesa kangachepe Ku Malawi ayi, ndiye sindikuonspo phindu lake, azibwela azamangidwe kuno.

  42. ggggggg says:

    she is still in the state of denial for losing the 20 may presidential elections when she comes back to her sane state of mind sizisowa ayi let her recover from thr loss first to avoid frustrations, depressions, etc JB wanyamuka.

  43. I lov Madam JB more sincerely,mam its your time now here malawians on fire.failing to release cashgate names will mean nothing bt now the truth is known aboma Ali mu report kkkkkkk ayaluka.

  44. Kadushu says:

    #1 Malawians are for food only nothing else

  45. CHAKUCHANYA says:

    Ngati zakubowani za JB kakolopeni nyanja,anthu openga mwapanga bwanji? Mai kudyelera,wina atupa chifu,Chaponda wagwa nayo kkkkkkkkkkkkkk,oooooooooooooo,hehehehehehehede ulu.

  46. Ma battery a Mulhakho says:

    While JB is busy addressing Akweni is extremely busy undressing!kkkkk !Mukumva bwanji a Patricia Kaliati mthupi?

  47. MAKANANI says:

    WALORENI ATUMBUKA AZIPITA A FARAO INU !! 50 YEARS NO AIRPORT NO STADIUM QUOTA MKATI ZA ZIII

  48. Peter Benga says:

    Jb is an icon as far as women participation globally is concerned deny it not.she is highly honoured internationally

  49. Fukulani says:

    Dr Joyce Banda is not wasting time with trivials and useless bickering!….that’s some leader we have there!

  50. APM says:

    Bwanji sanawatsate a president pobwerera ku Malawi?

  51. CHIYAMBA says:

    IF GOD SAYS YES NOBODY CAN SAY NO. GOD HAS PRESSED A SPECIAL GIFT IN JB & APM ALSO ONLY THAT THEY ARE DIFFERENT THEREFORE LETS AMALGAMATE THESE GIFTS FOR THE BETTERMENT OF MALAWI. LETS NOT INDULGE IN FIGHTING & QUARRELING BUT BUILD A POWERFUL NATION…….ITS A NO ONE MAN SHOW. GOD BLESS JB, GOD BLESS APM & GOD BLESS YOU.

  52. Chrispine Salanje says:

    Thats my president no one like her in Malawi,this Nyapapi is just wasting our time

  53. mayani says:

    Mai zibwerani. Your mighty party is crumbling.

  54. gwamus says:

    Mama just come home and assist in building this nation . That has no benefit to Malawi. We know you want to collect some funds for your comeback but that is impossible. Your friends are having a luncheon today at Sanjika.

  55. Central says:

    Thyaya Thyaya JB!! Mr Chaponda, sakuimvatu JB!! Kikikikikikikikikiki

  56. rational says:

    Yes the international community contributed to her downfall. they are justified to make her busy because she is an asset to them not to Malawians.

    1. Aliphee says:

      she is an asset to me as a malawian fortunately i voted for her and am very proud of what she is doing. Peter has a country to run which is going down slowly black outs are back again. if somebody can cheat himself or herself to downgrade JB then you are in for it. Muzingonamizana ndi atcheya omwewo za mswati ku zwaziland. After all she not using any government penny shame on you.

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