Local innovation firm, Project Innovation Centre (Pic) has signed an agreement with Women Lawyers Association (WLA) which would see the latter helping female entrepreneurs in addressing legal-related challenges.
About 80 percent of members of Pic, an entrepreneurial organisation aimed at helping Malawians with business opportunities, are women.
Among other things, the deal would see female entrepreneurs under Pic accessing legal services from WLA members for free and get legal representation at a discount.
Speaking during the signing in ceremony, PIC Chief Executive Officer Kondwani Ngwira, said the organisation noted that there is a knowledge gap on legal-related matters, hence, need for help.
“Women Lawyer s Association is coming in bridge that gap and ensure that entrepreneurs understand the right type of registration and all legal requirements,” Ngwira said.
Women Lawyers Association Legal Aid Coordinator for Blantyre Chapter, Celeste Chibwana, said they accepted the call as part of activism.
“We are interested in working with the women of Pic because the aspect of protecting and promoting the rights of women go beyond gender based violence. We need to consider the other aspects such as the economic life,” Chibwana explained.
Pic was launched six years ago. About four months ago, the firm launched a project aimed at creating about 1 million entrepreneurs by 2025.
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