This years’ Global Women’s Leadership Network (GWLN) conference for Malawi Sister Society took place on Saturday in Mangochi with a call for women to advance self-development through education and entrepreneurship.
The conference, aimed at advancing credit union women in leadership, provided a platform for the Malawi Sister Society, a grouping of 75 females working with Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Saccos) in the country, to network and share experiences.
In her keynote address, Peggy-Chimwemwe Ngwira, an entrepreneur in agro-business, encouraged women to always aim high and actively participate in other income-generating activities to boost their level of income.
“Stop wasting time, always look for opportunities to make money aside from your work, turn what tends to be into being, don’t be jealous about fellow women but learn from each other,” she advised.
Speaking when opening the conference, Malawi Union Savings and Credit Cooperatives (Muscco) chief of operations officer Fumbani Nyangulu said women have a greater role to play in the development of the country as they are in a majority.
But he observed that most women fail to reach their potential due to lack of confidence and reluctance by some men to accommodated women.
Nyangulu further said on its part, Muscco will continue financially supporting women so that they continue networking and learn from each other.
GWLN Malawi Sister society’s chairperson Triza Magreta spoke of the need for women to act as role models to girls to breed a generation of more exceptional women in future.
Established in 2009, the network has over 2 000 women from 79 countries.
Locally, the network provides women with access to their community of credit union leaders through sister societies.
The Theme for the conference was What does success mean? —Woman of Vision.