First lady wears hijab, attends Malawi Muslim women convention
Thousands of Muslim women across Malawi on Saturday gathered at Bua Community Day Secondary School ground in Mchinji to celebrate this year’s Muslim Women convention (Ijitmah).
The convention is held annually and is aimed at sharing Islamic teachings and women issues among other things.
Speaking when she presided over the official launch, first lady Madam Gertrude Mutharika said women in the country play a vital role in the development of the country.
“For the country to move forward, it needs the participation of women in all spheres of life be it religion, development activities and taking care of families,” she said.
Madam Mutharika said this year’s women Ijtimah theme “the role of women in development” is in line with President Mutharika’s government stance of ensuring that women are promoted in the country.
“I am glad that Islam takes women as an important part of the religion, and women should learn from one another during such forums,” she said.
The first lady commended the Muslim women for organizing the convention, saying the platform should help uplift women and help them, and share experiences on how they can improve their livelihoods.
Madam Mutharika also called for women to take care of their health issues by among other things, ensuring that they go for cervical cancer screening and attend pre-natal services to prevent maternal complications.
She then stressed the need for women to uplift one another and not pull each other down.
In her remarks, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security, Cecilia Chazama, called on the Muslim women to educate their children, especially girls.
She said educating girls would help them to be self-reliant in future, hence support their families and end poverty.