JB advises Malawi women: Don’t wreck families because of gender

President Joyce Banda has advised the womenfolk not to wrongly apply the concept of gender equality if they will be able to have the support they need from their spouses to build their careers and their families.

“If someone comes here to tell you that you have to be rude to your husband because that is what gender equality entails, ask them if are still in marriage,” advised the Malawi leader in her remarks at Masamba Ground in the Area of Chief Timbiri in Nkhatabay on Sunday.

“Many of them will not give you answers because they don’t have husbands. They have wrecked their marriages three or four times for misconceiving gender equality,” she observed.

Banda said that had she also effected mistakenly the concept of gender by being rude to her husband, she would not have been supported to do the many things that allowed her to become what she is today.

The President conducts a ceremonial presentation of a cow to one of the beneficiaries in Nkhata Bay
The President conducts a ceremonial presentation of a cow to one of the beneficiaries in Nkhata Bay

“I would not even have been president, for certain,” she said.

“Therefore,” she added, “let’s be measured in our dealings with our husbands; apologizing where we have gone wrong and accepting to be criticized when you have made mistakes, even if the balance of economics in the house or social influence may be in your favour.”

President Banda said even as Head of State, in their home, she is subject to her husband, and always pleads for his pardon when she is wrong.

“You think I don’t practice gender equality with him? I do. But it is the kind of gender equality where he reserves his respect and position in the family as the husband, regardless of the fact that I am Head of State,” she said.

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