Former president Joyce Banda has lamented rising cases of gender-based violence, saying only economic empowerment can move women out of harm’s way.
She said this in Mangochi District on Saturday during this year’s Zokonda Amai Mothers’ Day celebrations.
Banda said a lot of women in Malawi are being abused at home, blaming the development on women’s poor economic status.
“By now, we should be aware that gender-based violence is an economic issue which affects women and children. As such, we need to start putting in place policies that empower women to take up opportunities in the macro-economic space.
“Time when women were being regarded, and targeted, as players in the small and medium enterprises category is over,” she said.
Banda also encouraged women to work in partnerships as one way of increasing their chances of meeting the requirements set for suppliers by the government and private sector players.
“Let us form cooperatives and challenge men in businesses. When working together, we can have the capital muscle to fulfil some of the local business requirements. Working as individuals will not give us the advantage over men,” she said.
At the event, which State-run Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) organised, women shared ideas and experiences.
MBC Board Member Limbikani Kamulongela lauded women who have teamed up in business, saying some of them are even importing goods.