Malawi: President Joyce Banda Off to Abuja for Power Women Network Summit

Lilongwe — President Dr. Joyce Banda left for Abuja, Nigeria, Wednesday morning for the 2nd High Level Meeting of Global Power Women Network in Africa to be held from Wednesday, to Thursday.

Upon departure at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, Dr. Banda described the summit as crucial to the welfare of women and girls in Africa in general, and Malawi in particular.

She said as Matron for the Global Power Women Network in Africa, her participation in the meeting would give her an opportunity to share the plight of women and girl child in Malawi as regards education, HIV and AIDS and other oppressions.

“African women and girl are the most oppressed and time has come for us as women in high positions to wake up and find lasting solutions to these challenges,” said Dr. Banda.

She added that issues raised at the meeting would be used as input to the forth-coming UNAIDS and Lancet Commission to be held in Malawi from June 28 to June 29, 2013, which the President is co-chairing African Union Commission Chair, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Director of London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Dr. Peter Piot.

President Dr. Banda has travelled on a special aircraft, Nigerian Air Force 5N-FGV which took off at exactly 9:28 am local time.

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