Former president Joyce Banda has said there is need for special recognition of women and to reflect on what mothers undergo in society.
Banda, who is People’s Party (PP) president, said in her Mother’s Day statement made available to Nyasa Times on Sunday as Malawi commemorates Mother’s Day, which falls n October 14.
She said Mother’s Day is special day in the country because it is the day, which was set aside “to remember and celebrate the role that mothers play in our lives.”
Banda said she feels humbled to be part of “this great fellowship because mothers undoubtedly deserve to be celebrated for always putting the needs of others ahead of themselves.”
Added Banda: “Mother’s Day is not just a day for celebrating mothers, it is a perfect opportunity to pause and reflect on the selfless sacrifices and efforts that mothers are always investing to ensure balance and consistency of our societies.”
Banda said as a mother herself, she well know the scope of sacrifice that mothers are always prepared to give to ensure the safety and well-being of their children.
“As mothers, we always want the best for our children; we want our children to grow, get better education and to grow into useful citizens,” she said and paid tribute to all mothers in the country for the “sacrifice of love” and limitless support and care.
“I thank God that each single mother is a Godly steward of each of their children and I pray and ask that God continues to give mothers healthy and long life,” she said.
Monday October 15 is a holiday in the country owing to the fact that Mother’s Day fell on a Sunday, weekend.