Gender Minister Patricia Kaliati has said the government is working on promoting women for them to be at par with men.
Kaliati was speaking during the official handover of 390 wheelchairs by World Association Friends of Africa (Wafa) to the government on Tuesday in Zomba District.
“We are trying to promote and empower women so that we should be at par with men. It is the government’s mandate to make sure that we balance up issues,” she said.
Kaliati also said women and girls were supposed to be protected and respected.
“So, much as we look at protecting women, let us also protect the rights of men. The time has come for us, women, to maintain our integrity. Don’t provoke men, respect the rights of men,” Kaliati said
The minister also said the government recognised the presence of people with disability in top positions.
“The Malawi Government recognises the presence of people with disability in top positions. Disability concerns all of us; it doesn’t concern a minority or group of people; it concerns everyone in this world,” she said.
She hailed Wafa for the donation.
Wafa Chairperson Altaf Gani said it was the organisation’s will to make sure that people with disability, particularly those who had difficulties in walking, were allowed to walk.
Worth K35 million, the wheelchairs are earmarked for 390 people across the country with help from the Ministry of Gender.