Paramount Chief M’mbelwa the fifth, on Thursday pledged for youth and women empowerment ahead of this years Ngoni annual cultural festivals, Umtheto which will take place on 12th August.
Speaking during the official opening ceremony of the youths and women conference, Inkosi ya Makosi M’mbelwa, who presided over the function alongside deputy Minister of Gender disability children and Social welfare, Clement Mkumba, said the conference is very important because it will help women and young people to speak for themselves.
“What will happen is that these women and young people will break into groups and they will discuss problems which they are facing and their resolutions will be given to the chiefs council on Friday for further scrutiny and possible considerations,” said M’mbelwa.
In his statement, the deputy Minister thanked Inkosi M’mbelwa for the initiative.
Chairperson for the organising committee Dr Victor Madhlopa said the function this year will will be different with the way it is handled every year.
“Things will be completely different this year all along Ngonis have been coming and hold Umthetho just for a day off they went but this year things are different.What will happen is that there will be women conferences which will go back to back with youth conference, the idea is that we want to benefit our women and youth at the end of the ceremony,” Said Madhlopa.
According to Madhlopa the take home messages during the conferences will include Gender based violence, Women economic empowerment, end child marriage, women participation in decision making and women access to land.
The theme for this years ceremony is women and culture ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls everywhere.