By Lissa Kadango in New York City MANA

Malawi is championing women and girls rights to close the gender gap in the country by creating an equal society for all, First Lady Monica Chakwera has said.

Madame Chakwera made the remarks during the equal campaign summit by Organisation of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD) in New York on the sidelines of 78th United Nation General Assembly (UNGA).

Madame Chakwera

She said Malawi’s incumbent leadership is committed to empower women and girls through education.

She said: “Malawi, under president Chakwera, is putting qualified women in higher positions. It is safe to say that most powerful positions are held by women.”

The First Lady emphasised the profound significance of closing the gender gap that hinder the potential of women and girls in a society.

“Malawi stand to drive a change to empower women and girls through bursary programs based on vulnerability criteria targeting girls and boys selected to grant aided secondary school by not leaving anyone behind,” she said.

She explained that the deeply rooted gender norms and discriminatory practices have hindered the potential of women and girls in the society hence the need to unite to ensure girls receive education on par with their male counterparts.

She urged traditional, religious and political leaders to recognise and champion the equality of girls and women protecting them from gender based violence and promoting their participation in decision making processes.

In her key note address United States of America First Lady Jill Biden called for African ladies to rise up and champion the empowerment of women and girls in the society.

Biden urged all African first ladies to build momentum and work together to create an equal society to close the gender gaps for a better tomorrow.

President of OAFLAD Namibian First Lady, Monica Geingos called for African ladies to fight for gender equality in the society.

“Lets stand up and fight for higher positions and put women and girls on a platform to access quality life, lets create doors for greater opportunities and remove barriers that hinder women rights.

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