Malawian women on Tuesday joined the rest of the world in commemorating Women Day but has been overshadowed by increasing poverty due to economic turmoil and scarcity of food which has completely pushed the cost of life beyond reach of many.
The main event was commemorated in Nkhata Bay where minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati was among dignitaries attending.
In an interview, Kaliati said women should engage in small and medium enterprises to improve their lives in view of the harsh economy.
She also said women should venture into technological world to improve their everyday life.
Kaliati said the government is empowering women to fiercely fight social injustice.
Emma Kaliya, women rights activist said there is great improvement in the appointment of women into decision making positions.
However, ordinary women interviewed in Lilongwe seemed not to know that Tuesday was their day, an indication that economic and social problems have taken centre stage.
A visit to some Admarc depots in the capital city showed some women are still spending days at the Admarc markets with the hope of buying maize.