8 March 2014

Malawi: Women Day of Prayer to Reach the Less Privilege

Lilongwe — Malawi on Friday joined the rest of world in commemorating world day of payers for women to discuss on how to reach the less privileged and overcome their problems.

Speaking in Lilongwe during the prayers, United Nation (UN) Country Representative, Alice Sheckolon said 40 per cent of women in the country face domestic challenges which affect them in their day to day life.

"Today's prayer meeting is to allow women to discuss various issues that the less privilege have and find solutions to overcome with them," said Sheckolon.

She also said Malawi is one of the countries that have girls marrying at the tender age and advised women not to continue with the culture, but instead they should send their girl child to school if they are to overcome poverty.

Sheckolon also tackled the issue of HIV and AIDS saying that government have ways of overcoming the pandemic and the country is doing well on that.

"I want to congratulate the civil society and the churches on what they are doing to overcome the pandemic, but you don't have to be quite as the country still experience new infections which is at 180 per day and 120 people die of AIDS each day," she said.

The country representative said women have powers to lead and advised them to vote for fellow women during 20 May tripartite elections.

The country has 22 per cent of women participating in politics including the county's president.

Speaking at the same function, chairperson for the prayers in the country, Regina Phanga said there were three things that the women needed to look into during the prayers which the government has done to the less privilege.

She said President Dr. Joyce Banda has built houses under Mudzi Transformation Trust to provide shelter to people that had no decent houses.

"People have also been given cows under a cow a family project to help them realize money for their family. Safe motherhood is also another programme that the country is progressing on it well," said Phanga.

She then said the women will build a guardian waiting shelter at Dedza District Hospital to help government in the projects.

The offering at the function, 5 percent will be used to assist prisoners at Khotakota prison and another 5 percent will go to Khotakota District Hospital.

The women day of prayer took place Friday second week of March each year. This year's prayers was organized by women in Egypt under the theme, "Streams in the Desert."

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