Kaliati touts Malawi star in MDGs at US conference

Minister of Information government spokesperson, Patricia Kaliati, says Malawi is a star in the accomplishment of Millennium Development Goals and Strategies (MDGS) as far as the uplifting of lives of women is concerned.

Kaliati with UN secretary general Ban at the conference
Kaliati with UN secretary general Ban at the conference

Kaliati, who survived President Peter Mutharika’s cabinet shake-up on Thursday, said end last month – at the CSW60 Conference 2016 in New York themed ‘From Commitment to Action: Localising the SDGs’ – that much as Malawi was experiencing a couple of challenges a lot was being made to better the lives of women as children.

She attended the conference when she held the portfolio of  Minister of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare now

Kaliati mentioned the El Nino the country faced last year that will negatively impact on the food security as one of such challenges.

She said through government’s commitment Malawi women were benefitting from a number of “aspects including the fertiliser subsidy programme (FISP)” and social cash transfers.

The minister further said that the experience in the implementation of the MDGS has taught Malawi “to engage with and build partnerships with the development partners, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and the beneficiaries.”

She added: “Our commitment is the spring board for gender equality; empowerment of women and addressing all kinds of human rights violations facing women and girls in Malawi.

“Malawi and the Southern Africa Region in general has demonstrated to the world that it is possible for Women to assume highest public positions and achieve the 50:50 representation at all the levels by 2030.”

The climate change which made Malawi to experience the worst floods and drought in the in 2015 is the stepping stone for climate smart agriculture.

“Everyone will agree that the effects of natural disasters are more devastating to women and children because 70% of them are farmers and disasters erode their potential access to micro-finance; irrigation systems; training in credits and business and other factors of production are critical ingredients for economic growth and sustainable development for women, men, girls and boys,” said Kaliati.

Kaliati said the SADC member states have systematically aligned their gender policies with SDGs; cost strategic plans; gender and climate change targets and the role of the mass media. The SADC Gender Protocol remains the blue print and stepping stone for the realisation of SDGs.

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