Malawi First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has been invited to be a Guest Speaker and panelist during the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day to held on November 19 in New York, United States of America (USA).
The event is expected to take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York and will be handled by speaker and moderator Cathy Calvin President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of UN Foundation.
Mutharika, who left the country Saturday for USA, will be joined by First Lady of Namibia Penehupifo Pohamba, at the event.
Press Secretary Frederick Ndala said the event is relevant to Malawi as it seeks to promote women economic empowerment as stipulated in Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGD’s).
“The participation of the First Lady, therefore, symbolises high level political will on the part of government to turn Malawi women from passive recipients of handouts to active participants in their own economic empowerment,” said Ndala.
He also said the First Lady will share information on the role of Malawi government in supporting more women empowerment endeavors.
“She will also share information on how government is working with the private sector to empower women entrepreneurs,” he added.
The event will be held under the theme ‘Government’s Role in Empowering Girls and Women Entrepreneurs’ and will discuss women entrepreneurs in recognition that they are the new engines for inclusive and sustainable industrial growth and rising stars of the economy in developing countries.
It is also highly likely that the First Lady will demonstrate how the recently launched Gertrude Mutharika Beautify Malawi Trust can be a tool for turning waste into an economic opportunity area where women can use waste as a source of income.
Among many others, the event will draw together women entrepreneurs themselves, women motivational speakers, women working in public institutions and those in Non-Governmental Organizations.