First Lady treats women in Mangochi
First Lady Gertrude Mutharika on Saturday treated over 800 women to a luncheon in what was dubbed 2015 Mothers Day National Celebration held at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi.
According to organising Chairperson of the event Chance Mukhito, the event was organised by Mutharika through Beautify Malawi (Beam) Trust and other partners such as Metropolitan Malawi.
“We would like to express our great appreciation to the First Lady for initiating and hosting the women here. We would also like to thank women who contributed towards the event,” Mukhito said.
Minister of Gender and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati thanked the First Lady for hosting the women, whom she said face a lot of challenges in taking care of their homes.
“As a mother of this nation, you have shown great love for taking us here instead of us, your children, hosting and treating you as our mother. Next year we will be clever enough to invite you here”, said Kaliati.
She further called on the nation to reflect on the plight of women in the agriculture sector, saying women contribute 70 percent of agricultural labour as such they need support from government and other stakeholders.
The First Lady called on all women in the country to love each other and stop what she called “pull-her-down syndrome” which women in Malawi are associated with.
Mutharika said time has come for the country to support women in order for them to contribute to the country’s social economic development.
Apart from the luncheon, women were entertained to music by The Prison brass band and also participated in various sporting activities.
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