First lady wears hi­jab, at­tends Malawi Mus­lim women con­ven­tion

Tehran Times - - WOMEN -

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.

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