Joyce Banda invited by British royalty

The British royal family has invited Malawi’s former president Joyce Banda to a meeting to discuss philanthropy issues, Nyasa Times understands.

Banda, who is currently in United States, is expected to be visiting Britain next where amongst her engagements will be to give a lecture at the reputable London School of Economics.

 Banda met Her Majesty the Queen  when she visited UK as Head of State

Banda met Her Majesty the Queen when she visited UK as Head of State

However, Sarah Ferguson the Duchess of York has invited Banda to a meeting.

Ferguson is a daughter in-law of Her Majesty the Queen.

In a letter to Banda, seen by Nyasa Times, Robert Oakley an officer in the Duchess of York philanthropy department said the Duchess was introduced to the former Malawi leader by Scott Lazerson.

“The Duchess has long been a great admirer of you and the amazing work you do. Your work and achievements are an inspiration to us all,” reads the letter to Banda.

“I understand that you are visiting London in the near future to give a lecture at the London School of Economics. I was hoping there might be an opportunity to arrange a meeting whilst you are in London. It would be an amazing opportunity to connect and discuss the issues that are close to both of you,” the invitation letter further reads.

An entrepreneur, activist, politician and a philanthropist, Banda was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the world, Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of women, children, the disabled and other marginalized groups.

Banda’s unwavering commitment to promotion of women’s maternal health and reproductive rights saw her establish Presidential Initiative on Maternal Health and Safe Motherhood, which spearheaded the fight against high maternal mortality and promotion of safe motherhood in Malawi.

Remarkably during the two year period of her presidency, Malawi registered considerable success in the areas of maternal and child health and reproductive health in general as the country reduced maternal mortality ratio from 675 deaths per 100,000 live births to 460. The achievement is attributed to the model which Banda introduced, which was a balanced act of both traditional and technical dimensions and approaches.

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including “Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997, Banda is a strong advocate for women and girls’ emancipation and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner.

She founded the Joyce Banda Foundation International, which has guided projects from empowering women, rural communities to providing orphans education. Currently, the Joyce Banda Foundation International has benefitted over 1.3 million people in Malawi through various programs and interventions ranging from economic empowerment, agriculture and food security, education, water and sanitation, youth development just to mention a few.

Among many other organisations, she established the National Association of Business Women, which lends women start-up cash to build small businesses, and the Young Women’s Leadership Network, which mentors female students in schools.

On the international scene, Banda was instrumental in formation of organisations like African Federation of Women Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa, Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA) and Americans and  Africans Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA) of which she served as First President.

Banda sits on a number international organisations. These include Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM, Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and Scientific Advisory Board of the Programs in Global health and Social change for Harvard Medical School.

Banda has been a panelist and motivational speaker at a number of international conferences and forums, including the International Conference on Women in Beijing, the American and African Business Women’s Africa Conference in London and the Women Deliver Conference in Washington, DC.

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AKIMU GAGA
Guest

AMAYI ANGA JB WILL IN WHATEVER CIRCMSTANCE WILL BE NOTICED AND RESPECTED NO MATTER WHAT SHE IZ FAVOURED BY ALMIGHTY GOD.(
AKIMU GAGA MZUNI)

JAMMIE
Guest

KOMA IFEYO AMALAWI AMBIRI KOMANSO AMAYI ANZAKE SITINAMUSANKHE NDIPO NDAKAIKA NGATI TIZAMUSANKHE MWINA KAPENA POTI ZIKO NDILOZUNGULILA. KOMA
TIYAMIKA KUTI AKUTIIMILA KUNJAKO NGATI MMALAWI. KOMANSO KUGWILA NTCHITO
ZOSIYASIYANA.

Mau
Guest

Ndipo mutukwane zitukwano zonse zachilomweeee!…..JB keeps going higher and higher

Phwelemwe
Guest

Joyce is one of the remacable female actvites.By your kknowledge more peple wiill also recognise you.keep it up mama.

Tonde
Guest

God bless Malawi

TI
Guest

this woman is very stupid ,when is she going to build her party ,this lady is posessed by bad spirit of not wanting to seat down,this is what she used to do when she was president this is very an becoming behavour.

kingtone
Guest

Queen is not God, let the women be,

Nkhwanjee!
Guest

DPP, note that the more you castigate JB, the more God recognizes and promotes her, you know what…. GOD fights for the marginalized, victimized, neglected and the weak. You cant compare your president APM who ascended into that position through rigging with the divinely chosen JB. You cant reject the chosen of God, so you better apologize and pray for forgiveness. JB am proud of you. Ama widu woo tanyinu. kkkkkkkkkkkk.

Malindima
Guest

What does this help Malawi?
This is a tactic of trying to stay away from home to ensure cash gate case against her and Lutepo goes while she is not around. Next alenga matenda like Muluzi to continue to stay away from home. We will smoke u from wherever you are to answer those charges and eventually get locked in jail for 25 years. Your government caused loss of lives in hospitals because of your stupid thievery.

Mong'onyolani
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Jelasi si umuna anthuni. Musiyeni mai wathu!!!!!

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