Malawi Muslim women to hold Ijitma in Mzuzu

Muslim Women will hold a two- day National Women Conference (Ijitma) in Mzuzu, where, among other issues, the women will discuss safe motherhood and women empowerment.

The meeting, organized by the Malawi Muslim Women Association, will be held from 29th to 30th September and will be attended by Muslim ladies across the country and international visitors from Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique, among other countries.

Chairperson of Muslim Women Organisation in the north, Lakaya Mambo told Malawi News Agency (MANA) that the Ijitma, an annual gathering by Muslim women, also offers a platform for the women to discuss issues affecting them and encourage one another on how they can live as Muslim women.

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“As women, we feel we need to come together and discuss issues affecting us and this year the theme for the Ijitma is ‘Women empowerment and Safe Motherhood’ because we feel maternal health affects almost every woman and expectant women need to have safe deliveries,” she said.

Mambo also said the organisation realizes the enormous role women play in the development of the country and it is against that background that the conference also will discuss ‘women empowerment’ aimed at equipping women with knowledge on how to fend for their needs.

The meeting has been organised with funds from individual contributions from the Muslim women locally and well wishers.

About 9,000 Muslim women attend the Ijitma conference every year and this year, Deputy Minister of Health Halima Daud, also a muslim, will be guest of honour at the conference which will be held at Area 4 in the city.

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