President Peter Mutharika has said Malawi government has put in place mechanisms aimed at addressing the plight of women in the country who he said are usually victimized because of their gender.
Addressing Global Leaders meeting on Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, Professor Mutharika explained that most of the times women are never given the opportunity to express themselves on issues affecting them resulting in the formulation of laws which do not favour their interests though they are in majority at any level.
He said it was for this reason that all efforts are being made to assist women in the country to be part of the activities taking place around them so that they make their position known to everybody.
“He for She campaign is one such strategy that my government has adopted to address gender inequalities based violence and promote women political participation so that their economic empowerment is clearly noticed,” Mutharika explained to other world leaders attending the conference.
In addition to that, the President said government has put in place legal framework to continuously protect women from any form of harassment in society and families. He said the enactment of Marriage Act remains one among many efforts being put in place for the same cause which he said has always been sought by stakeholders.
Mutharika therefore gave an assurance that government will always be in the forefront accelerating the implementation of actions and activities to achieve gender equality and total empowerment of women in Malawi.
He then appealed to other world leaders to mainstream all gender related programs as part of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals which have just been passed by the General Assembly at the beginning of the current assembly.
The conference was organized to afford opportunities among political leaders to make commitments to protect women and children.