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By Francis Namondwe:

Players in the tea industry have reaffirmed their commitment towards continued contribution to the growth of the sector and supporting women to be involved in the supply chain.

This was said on Tuesday as stakeholders commemorated this year’s International Women’s Day which falls on March 8.

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Organised by the Tea Association of Malawi (Tam), the ceremony, which took place at Ntambanyama Primary School ground in Makwasa, Thyolo District, was graced by Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati and Deputy Minister of Labour Vera Kantukule.

Kaliati hailed stakeholders for the role they are playing in safeguarding the interests of women in the tea industry.

She, however, lamented some cases of abuse of women in some estates, which she said must end.

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“Whoever is harassing women will face the law,” Kaliati said.

Tam Chairperson Sangwani Hara conceaded that there were still some cases of women abuse within the sector but committed to continue working with stakeholders to curb the malpractice.

“Every year, since 2017, we have been cerebrating achievements of women. So, we take stock of what we have done and we also look forward in terms of what we need to do going forward,” Hara said.

During the event, the association donated hand washing facilities, face masks and soap to five schools around the area.

The commemoration was held under the theme ‘I Choose to Challenge.

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