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The Minister for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Mary Thom Navicha, visited Lilongwe Urban Women’s Forum (LUWF) at Mwenyekondo secondary school on Friday 9th August 2019. The aim of the visit was to empower the women economically and also learn the challenges that they are facing.

The Minister assured the women that the Ministry is committed to ensure that womnen in the country are empowered economically.

"My ministry has the capacity to provide mentorship on how best to run businesses, to form groups and share business ideas and how to manage funds because  we believe that someone who has been mentored on how to do business  can do a better business than someone  who has not.”

"As government we have lined up programs towards women empowerment, we should involve women in development activities if this country is to bump up economically. It is therefore against this background that my ministry enacted the Gender Equality Act in 2013 to ensure that men and women have equal access to opportunities because an economically independent citizen aids development of the country,” said Navicha.

In her remarks Agnes Mphote the coordinator for LUWF said that the group will continue to work with the government on issues of women economic empowerment, ECD and gender based violence. She then called on the government to consider supporting them through loans to boost their businesses so that they can reach out to poor urban women in this country as lack of funds is the main challenges they are facing.  

Navicha applauded the Forum for the creditable businesses that they are doing, like juice, clothes jewellery making. She then emphasized on the need to correlate and find better markets where the products can be sold at better prices.

LUWF is a group of over four thousand  women, initiated in 2016 and focuses on promoting  different business skills, encouraging  women to take part in politics,  speaking for oppressed women, establishing  Early Child Development programs (ECD),  business management, HIV and AIDS  mentorship and village savings to mention but a few.