People of Mulanje on Saturday gathered at Chisambe Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Mabuka to commemorate the International Day of the Girl Child under the theme Girl Force: Unscripted, Unstoppable.
Speaking during the event, Mulanje District Council chairperson Isaac Brazio said girls have made strides in life despite facing challenges.
He said he was pleased that adolescent girls and young women have been empowered to participate in decision-making processes on issues affecting their lives and are now contributing to the social economic development of the district.
“In the past, women were told that they are not equal with men or that they cannot do some things men do. But now, we see women soldiers, carpenters and doctors,” Brazio said.
Mulanje district social welfare officer Robert Sawiche said the progress girls have made in the district was worth noting.
“Girls are capable of achieving everything they set their mind on. We want them to know that with hard work and dedication, they can attain powerful positions in society just like men,” he said.
Shelter Matitha, 20, from T/A Nkanda, a third year systems and security student at Malawi University of Science and Technology (Must), encouraged her fellow girls to stay in school.