Immediate former president of Malawi, Joyce Banda, spoke at Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada on the occasion of Nutrition International’s (formerly Micronutrients Initiative)25th anniversary celebrations.
Banda, an esteemed member of Nutrition International’s board, spoke about the importance of nutrition for the poorest and most vulnerable women and girls.
“Too often in many parts of Africa and the world, women and girls eat last and least. This is mainly because of gendered norms and traditions that perpetuate malnutrition and hold back the learning and life potential of girls and women,” pointed out Banda.
The former President lauded Canada’s leadership on fighting malnutrition and called for its continued support of organizations such as Nutrition International.
Banda also presented an award of leadership to the Canadian Minister of International Development, Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau.
Minister Bibeau accepted the award and thanked Banda for her own work to reduce malnutrition in Malawi through the Joyce Banda Foundation.
Minister Bibeau assured the board members of Canada’s friendship and support of Nutrition International’s undertaking.
This private reception was attended by other Canadian members of parliament, ranking employees of Nutrition International, as well as friends and donors of the organization.