Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati has asked women to be self-reliant for Malawi to develop.
She said this on Friday at Mitundu in Lilongwe during joint commemoration of World Rural Women’s Day and Year of Women Empowerment.
Said Kaliati: “Many women, especially in rural areas, die before attaining the age of 50. It is my appeal to women in the country to go for HIV testing so that they know their status.”
She urged them to challenge any abuse from men.
United Nations (UN) resident coordinator Mia Seppo expressed satisfaction that Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), that have just been adopted by the United Nations, include issues of women and girls.
“What we need to do as Malawi is to be alert so that by 2030, which is the year of target, all SDGs are fulfilled without excuses as was the case with the just-ended Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” said Seppo.
Chairperson of Women Caucus in Parliament, Jessie Kabwila, said for Malawi to develop, women should not be left behind.
This year’s joint commemoration, which was set aside by the United Nations in 2007, was commemorated under the theme: Women Empowerment: A Drive For Social-Economic Empowerment.