MUST joins in IWD commemoration


MUST joins in IWD commemoration

As we count down towards International Women’s Day (IWD), the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), led by the Vice Chancellor Professor Address Malata, has joined all those seeking to promote women and girls to achieve socioeconomic empowerment.
IWD is held each year on the 8th of March and is a global day celebrating the social, economic and cultural achievements of women.
In addition to celebrating achievements, the events around the world are an opportunity to raise awareness against gender inequality and to urge everyone to take action for equality.
According to the organisers, this year’s IWD campaign theme is #EachforEqual – an equal world is an enabled world.
They add that this year’s global aim for the day is to promote: “Individually, we’re all responsible for our own thoughts and actions – all day, every day. We can actively choose to challenge stereotypes, fight bias, broaden perceptions, improve situations and celebrate women’s achievements. Collectively, each one of us can help create a gender equal world. Let’s all be #EachforEqual”
For the Malawi Government, through the 2015 National Gender Policy, it reaffirmed its commitment “to gender parity, women empowerment and upholding of women’s rights as a prerequisite to poverty reduction and sustainable development”.
“In line with Malawi’s policy support of gender equality, and in solidarity with the global events planned all over the world for IWD, we extend a warm welcome to EVERYONE to join us on our peaceful and celebratory rallies across Malawi. Equality is for all and we hope you can join us at one of these events to show Malawi stands for equality, therefore we are calling on all women, girls, men and boys living in or visiting Malawi to stand up and be counted,” adds a statement from the organisers.
So it her response, Professor Malata and some of the university’s staff members posed for pictures of solidarity in line with IWD objectives.
Objectives for the day include mobilising individuals and communities to peacefully promote gender equality and empowerment for all; encourage individual action to stand up for gender equality and prevent stereotyping, discrimination and gender-based violence; connect diverse individuals and stakeholders to enable them to drive positive changes to accelerate progress for gender equality; promote action that contributes towards the Global Goals for Sustainable Development; and connect Malawi citizens, residents, and visitors to other events around the world happening as part of much celebrated International Women’s Day. #EachforEqual #ThisIsMalawi #IWD2020