History will be made today when the reigning beauty queen, Cecilia Khofi, addresses parliamentarians on the effects of overpopulation.
Miss Malawi, who was crowned two months ago under the banner of fighting overpopulation, will meet the legislators through the Malawi Parliament Population and Development Dialogue (MPPDD).
Miss Malawi spokesperson 2017, Tereza Ndanga, told The Nation that this is part of the beauty queen’s drive of engaging various stakeholders on population issues as she is the ambassador for the cause.
She said Miss Malawi first engaged United Nations Population Fund where she sought support and discussed means of engaging more on the matter.
“The goal is to interact with members of Parlianment (MPs) to explore how best they can partner with her office and also how best to take the message to the community for more action,” said Ndanga.
She said they have also invited the diplomatic community, faith groups and organisations working on population issues and are hoping all these can be reached within the same meeting.
Ndanga pointed out that this platform will also bring all these groups together to discuss population or overpopulation which is affecting many sectors of the country’s development
“It’s two-fold. First of all, MPs have already demonstrated their commitment and ability to change the situation we are in. They passed the marriage law which, among others, raised marriage age to 18,” she said.
The Miss Malawi spokesperson further said the MPs need to continue interacting and encouraging their constituents to abide by the law and change some habits which may be leading to overpopulation.
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