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First Lady salutes Catholic women

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First Lady, Gertrude Mutharika, has hailed Catholic women who converged on Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) from last week Wednesday to Sunday for their 9th World Union of Catholic Women’s Conference (WUCWO) which Malawi hosted.

Speaking when she officially closed the conference, Mutharika said she was delighted to learn that the deliberations were successful and that objectives of the conference have been met.

“The discussions on the implementation of sustainable development goals (SDGs); outcomes of the Commission on the Status of Women; Decisions on Ending Aids by 2030 and the African Union Agenda 2063 were timely,” she said.

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Mutharika said for the days since the conference started, Malawi has experienced spiritual transformation.

“This conference has brought about revival, not only among Malawian women but also for women across Africa,” said Mutharika.

She said in line with the theme for the conference, African women must strive to proclaim the good news to neighbours and their households, hence become source of warmth and happiness.

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“Time has come for us to be women of integrity. We must become women of faith, and we must be a blessing to all people around us. As women, we need to take a leading role in the implementation of the SDGs,” she added.

According to Mutharika, women of integrity are those that join hands in ending the phenomenon of street women, street children, and in ending all forms of trafficking.

WUCWO President for Africa, Rosaline Nganku-Menga, said the conference has come up with a number of resolutions which will be implemented by each member organisation.

“We, WUCWO women, will engage in mass sensitisation of change of mindsets on women’s issues, especially cultural aspects and practices which militate against the integral development of women,” said Menga.

She said, as women, they will endeavour to take practical steps to ensure that all protocols signed for, at the United Nations (UN), which fall in line with Catholic teaching as well as laws and policies formulated in their countries, are domesticated, enforce, and implemented.

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