Ministry of Gender Permanent Secretary Dr. Sastone Silomba on the 13th of May 2021, handed over agricultural Equipment, day-old Chicks and poultry inputs in Chongwe District, to women associations as empowerment grants. This is line with the Women Economic Empowerment Programme under the Department of Gender in Development.
The women economic empowerment Programme is a countrywide scheme that has seen a number of women cooperatives empowered with the aim of reducing poverty and improving livelihoods at household levels especially among women, hence increasing their contribution in National Development.
Speaking during the handover ceremony, the Permanent Secretary started by appreciating the women and girls for their selflessness in care giving to people of all age groups and condition especially during the Covid 19 pandemic era. Dr. Silomba added that the role of women and girls could not be over emphasized as they continued carrying the burden of care giving, hence contributing to national development. He said ‘women have demonstrated their skills, knowledge and networks to efficiently drive national development and reduce poverty levels.
He said,It is governments desire through the Ministry of Gender to uphold Women’s Constitutional Rights and leverage the potential of women participation in the fight against Gender Based Violence and Poverty Eradication. Conversely, the Ministry of Gender will continue to coordinate the implementation of gender mainstreaming and economic empowerment to ensure women and girls are adding value to national development.
Speaking at the same occasion, the District Administrative Officer, LAURA GONDWE expressed gratitude to the Government for empowering the women groups in Chongwe with day old Chicks, maize shelters and other assorted agricultural equipment to boost their agricultural businesses. The District Administrative Officer, stressed that through the Empowerment Programmes by the Ministry of Gender, it was clear that no woman would be left behind as the nation heads towards attainment of vison 2030.