Support Malawi mothers—Kaliati

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati says government is committed to respecting and supporting mothers in the country.

Kaliati: Women must be supported

Kaliati: Women must be supported

Kaliati was speaking on Wednesday in Lilongwe during news conference to commemorate Mother’s Day, World Rural Mother’s Day and the International Year of the Women.

“Government recognises the role women play in society. It is committed to respecting and supporting mothers to end gender-based violence [GBV],” said Kaliati.

She, however, urged women to take a leading role in family planning, HIV and Aids, sexual reproductive health and education.

UN Women Malawi representative Alice Shackelford said Mother’s Day commemoration is vital for the country’s social economic development.

Said Shackeford,: “Women’s empowerment is not only about government and the UN but it’s about the media, the academia, the private and public sector and everyone in general.”

Shackelford said issues of GBV are global and needed an integrated effort to reduce or end them.

Director of research, planning and reform in the Malawi Police Service (MPS) Agnes Gondwe said police have mainstreamed gender in their programmes.

She said the Police have also embarked on schools outreach programs to sensitize girls on gender based violence as a way of reducing the malpractice.

Gondwe advised parents and guardians to protect the girl child from sexual and other gender based violence in the communities.

2015 Mothers Day was commemorated under the theme ‘ Women Empowerment is a Drive to Economic Development’ while the World Rural Mothers’ Day and International Women’s Day will be commemorated on 30th October in Lilongwe.

 

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8 thoughts on “Support Malawi mothers—Kaliati”

  1. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    Akweni Kaliati, again, fighting for gender equity in Malawi. And she will never give up; good for her. Malawian men need to demonstrate, may be even once a week, that they are aware of the disparity between the genders, when it comes to performance of manual chores. Many men will be playing bao when the women are toiling away like modern slaves. Unacceptable.
    GBV will always exist in all societies. But we can improve by, for example, sensitizing boys early in primary schools. Maybe the lessons could be part of the curriculum, early in these schools. Education should promote more than factual knowledge, but also civility and respect even for those who are different.

  2. osamangonyoza mukafuna küpe
    leka ndemanga

  3. Rodgers Banda says:

    If govt is failing to support who will? Is this woman thinking? Gone were the da when women took no part in administration.

  4. MLOMWE says:

    IF I MAY ASK YOU MRS KALIATI.WERE YOU SUPPORTING JOYCE BANDA WHEN SHE WAS IN GOVERNMENT?YOU MUST SHOW A GOOD EXAMPLE OF RESPECTING AND SUPPORTING YOUR FELLOW WOMEN FIRST THEN YOU SHALL COME TELL YOUR FELLOW WOMEN IN SUPPORTING OTHERS.YOU ARE FULL OF JELOUS PATRICIA.STOP CHEATING WOMEN AS YOU ARE CLEAN WOMAN.

  5. Stampycious says:

    Government is committed to end gender violence yet our mothers are walking long distances to look for firewood in thick bushes with bare footed. May the most merciful God punish you

  6. ami ako Amaitanila kuti :kupeza thelere lobala usipa!!!!!!!!
    mmakonde mwathu

  7. Patriotic malawian says:

    Za zi.
    Unasapotapo JB iwe.
    Nonsense

  8. Achimidzimidzi says:

    Government is committed to end gender violence, but at least let them walk long distances to fetch water from swamps and deprive them of health access facilities.

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