First Lady celebrates International Women’s Day


First Lady Monica Chakwera has encouraged women to embrace their abilities.

She made the remarks in a special programme called ‘International Women’s Day’ on Times Television.

The programme was produced as part of commemorations marking International Women’s Day, which falls on March 8.


This year’s activities were held under the theme ‘Break The Bias’.

“I love everything about being a woman. I am fearfully and wonderfully made and, so, I can do anything that a man can do. Statistically, the population of women is bigger than that of men but [when it comes to] individual activities, women are not as empowered as men.

“But it is high time we realised that we are as capable as men. Women are more than able to achieve a lot more. Let us have trust ourselves [and believe] that we can achieve far much more than the society sometimes thinks,” she said.


Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare Minister Patricia Kaliati concurred with Chakwera.

“It is high time women stood up for their rights but at the same time it is high time society accepted that women are equal and capable,” she said.

As one way of celebrating women, Times Group organised an activity for women at its studios at Ginnery Corner in Blantyre.

Times Group Advertising Manager [Print] Lavern Makunganya said the company was committed to upholding values such as equality.

“We celebrate with all women out there. We celebrate their achievements and what they are yet to achieve. We, as women, ought to know that we are more than capable of achieving great things.

As Times Group, it was an honour to give women from various walks of life a platform to inspire each other and we continue to do so through our programming,” she said.

The day was celebrated with a special programme and performance by celebrated gospel artist Thoko Suya.

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