The Commonwealth, a grouping of predominantly former British colonies, has commended the Malawi Government for promoting the rights of women.
Commonwealth secretary general Patricia Scotland has since pledged to work with Malawi to achieve full women empowerment.
She made the remarks at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Thursday when she held a meeting with President Peter Mutharika.
Scotland said she was satisfied with the progress Malawi has made in promoting gender equality and recognising the rights of women.
She said: “I am happy that Malawi is taking the issue of women empowerment seriously. We will work together to achieve this, I am so impressed with what the President has said.”
Scotland also commended Malawi for fighting against child marriages and promised the Commonwealth’s support on the cause.
In his remarks, Mutharika said he looks forward to continued support from the Commonwealth in the area of women’s development and empowerment.
He said Malawi was doing well in Africa in terms of promoting gender equality and women empowerment.
Said the President: “Malawi ranks at number three in Africa in women empowerment. We will continue to do that and make sure of equality.”
Mutharika thanked the Commonwealth for the support it renders to Malawi in education, trade and youth programmes.
The Commonwealth is an international association consisting of the United Kingdom and States that were previously part of the British Empire, and dependencies. The British monarch is the symbolic head of the Commonwealth. n