Malawi former president Joyce Banda has been handed an award for for being a tireless advocate for Womens rights .
Banda was honoured by International Women’s Forum. She received the award at a star-studded International Women’s Forum World Cornerstone Conference in Johannesburg on Friday..
The conference was held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, where over 400 global leaders met to engage in discussion and dialogue about Africa’s journey into the future.
The forum acknowledged the merit of Joyce Banda’s work and that the Legacy Award is to spur her to continue doing her job.
In her speech at the event, Banda said business owners and investors needed to help the government with investing in programmes to empower the youth and women in Africa.
“Countries only succeed when there is a plan…businesses and people who have already made it in life need to assist with equipping the youth and women with needed skills, and not just wait on the government,” Banda said.
Banda shared the platform with the first woman to get into mining in South Africa, Bridgette Motsepe Radebe, who said at the forum that talent development and grooming of the the youth was vital.
David J.Ross, regional manager of FedEx SA, said infrastructure was a global issue and not just an issue in Africa.
Joyce Banda after State House has launched her Joyce Banda Foundation International charity.