MALAWIAN FIRST LADY GETRUDE MUTHARIKA CALLS FOR END OF CHILD MARRIAGE
First Lady Madam Getrude Mutharika has said that child marriage is one of the violence against children which every Malawian should fight to stop as the country commemorates United Nation Security Council Resolution 1325.
She made the sentiments in Salima on Tuesday during the UNSCR 11325 commemoration, which was celebrated under the theme ‘Peace and Security for the dignity of Women.’
“As we commemorate this day, we as Malawians should consider yourself as a lucky and blessed people as we have not known a war but our friends in war areas know the pains of war which mostly affects women and children,
But despite this not everybody is at peace in this country. We have children that are married off at a young age they are disturbed and affected heavily by their condition and they don’t enjoy a peace of mind. It is therefore important that parents, guardian and all responsible Malawians to work hard to stop practices that leave others with no peace of mind like child marriages,” Madam Mutharika said.
The First Lady said that the world should at all cost work to avoid conflicts, deter development, cause loss of life and property.
“As we celebrate this day we should now work towards implementing UNSCR 1325 at all levels to ensure peace and security,” she said.
United Nations Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres, said that peace and security give opportunity for women to participate in all aspects of life.