The International Women’s Association of Malawi (IWAM) has pledged to continue working hand in hand with Beautify Malawi Trust (BEAM) to uplift the livelihood of women, children and orphans in Malawi.
Outgoing Chairlady, Shams El-Adawy said IWAM exists to work for women with all its efforts dedicated to help improve living conditions of women and girls by empowering them through education.
El-Adawy whose is spouse of the Egyptian Ambassador in Malawi, told an IWAM breakfast meeting in Lilongwe on Monday that in the two years she has been chairlady, membership of the group has increased and it has more than doubled the number of charities it sponsors to over 20 within that time.
“Over the past two years IWAM has worked with BEAM to sponsor 10 girls (5 in 2016 and 5 in 2017) with their education who could not have gone to school due to their financial condition.
“We are a variety of ladies making an impact by reaching out to the society. We are glad to have a large influx of Malawian women that have joined which is good because they can tell us more about where the need is and what projects to support in the society,” she said.
IWAM presented First Lady Dr. Gertrude Mutharika in absentia with a certificate to honour the work she is doing through BEAM to support girls’ education in the country.
BEAM Executive Member, Violet Chinkono received the certificate on behalf of the First Lady and said their interactions with IWAM are beneficial in developing the levels of girls’ education, sanitation and reproductive health in the country.
Membership of the International Women’s Association of Malawi is made up of women in the diplomatic and business communities both locals and foreigners.