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By Taonga Sabola:

NKUNGULA—Let us support each other

The Institute of Bankers (IoB) has underscored the need for corporate women in the country to support and promote each other, rather than pulling each other down.

IoB Chief Executive Officer, Lyness Nkungula, was speaking in Lilongwe at the start of a two-day Bankers Women Conference held under the theme ‘The Power in You’.

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The conference was organised to encourage women to uplift each other in terms of profession, social life and finances.

Nkungula said much as leadership is something all women aspire to achieve, the women need support of others.

“Particularly you need the support of other women. And I believe that we should nurture talented, courageous women to become leaders. I have always believed that leadership isn’t about creating more leaders; it’s about ensuring more followers become leaders.

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“Sadly, though there are many women around the world that don’t even have the basic rights that we just take for granted, particularly in developing countries. I believe that that’s where we have more of a role to play. I believe that Malawian women have the skills and capacity to help their sisters,” Nkungula said.

She said although the country has achieved a great deal in promoting the status of women, there is still more that needs to be done.

“The presence of a woman has such a strong impact in everyone’s life. This world would have not been possible without this species. Woman is not only the one who is married or somebody who is beyond a certain age. Each feminine that is born has the inherited woman traits in herself.

“The special feelings of care, affection, endless and overwhelming love and many more. Women are the perfect entities to be celebrated. God created the feminine creature as a symbol of utmost affection that not only leads the perfect life for herself but also lays down the strongest base for others to dream as well,” Nkungula said.

Other speakers during the conference were Standard Bank Head of Personal and Business Banking, Margret Kubwalo Chaika, who presented on The Role of Women in the Economic Prosperity of Malawi and New Finance Bank Chief Executive Officer, Zandile Shaba, who made a presentation on Banking on Women.

During the conference, TNM Managing Executive Phyllis Manguluti also delivered a presentation on Unlocking and Empowering Creativity in Women.

Guest of honour during the conference was life training consultant, Mary Mkandawire.

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