First Lady Gertrude Mutharika has been appointed Goodwill Ambassador for the Pan African Parliament at a ceremony that took place in Midrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.
In her acceptance speech , Mutharika said the honor bestowed upon her was for all African women, she was particularly pleased to associate herself with the vision of the Pan African Parliament and ensured her full participation to the house.
She said in her capacity as the good will ambassador for PAP she would come up with a plan of activities and programmes in line with the mandate and vision of PAP.
Some of the activities will include promotion of girl child education and reduction of illiteracy rates among women in Africa.
“I believe that educating girls will create economically empowered women who will in turn, bear less children and be able to take care of the environment.
“The vision of the Pan African Parliament is to ensure full participation of the African people in the social-economic development and integration of the continent, I am fully aware that the path to realizing this vision and dream is not going to be easy,” she said.
She asked the PAP to promote peace, security and stability in Africa because these are preconditions to any form of prosperity that can be realized in Africa.
The first lady already served in the Pan African Parliament from 2010 to 2014 when she was a member of parliament.
The First Lady is also President of the Organization of African First Ladies Against HIV and AIDS (OAFLA) and locally she is Chairperson and Patron of Beautify Malawi Trust.
State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika also gave a key note speech at the PAP meeting where he said national boundaries should never be excused for divisions.
He said he used the word excuse because excuses are not reasons anyway for disrespecting the territorial integrity and sovereignty of nations.
“We need a shared atmosphere of peace and security for African economic growth and prosperity, we have the war and poverty to fight, not only do we need African economies to grow, but we also need the participation of the people in that economic growth,” he said
The Pan African Parliament is the legislative body of the African Union. The body held its inaugural session in 2004, its Parliamentary representatives are elected by the legislatures of the Member states, and the Pan African is hosted by the Government of South Africa.
The current President of the Parliament is Honourable Rogers Nkodo Dang from Cameroon.
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