Joyce Banda scoops an award

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Former Malawi President, Joyce Banda has been awarded with the 2015 ‘Women of Distinction Global Leadership Award in Politics’ by Celebrating Women International (CWI) at a ceremony that took place last Saturday in the Bahamas.

CWI is a group of prestigious women’s advocates in The Bahamas, Canada and the USA founded in 2013 and it seeks to support women’s rights and to honour and unite women so they can positively thrive and change their world.

According to organisers, CWI recognized Banda and her fellow awardees for demonstrating an untiring zeal for service to the community and selfless commitment to improving the lives of others.

After receiving the award, Banda who is also founder of the Joyce Banda Foundation International (JBFI) said through her own experience, she had observed that African women face many obstacles to acquire education, access modern antenatal and medical services and gender imbalances in their quest for leadership.

Joyce Banda .

Banda speaking after scooping the award.

She said for some time now, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that girls attain basic and tertiary education. She also said that is why she runs primary and secondary schools for underprivileged children and said the current enrolment in these schools is at 3,500.

“I also resolved that as long as I live, I will not tolerate incidences of women dying while giving birth because they cannot access modern antenatal services.”

“During my time as president, I made sure that we construct holding shelters at many health facilities so that pregnant women can stay before giving birth. We discouraged pregnant women from seeking traditional birth attendants’ services because it is simply unsafe,” said Banda.

She said women ought to support each so that they have a “fair representation at policy formulating tables”. Banda however cautioned women against sidelining men in any of their endeavours and aspirations, saying men and women should “work together to emancipate and empower women and the girl child.”

Banda dedicated her award to the women of Africa whom she described as “persevering and hardworking”.

Other awardees included Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, former wife of the late Nelson Mandela who received the ‘Global Leadership Award in Social Justice and Development alongside Deolatchmee Ramotar, former First Lady of Guyana and Nontombi Naomi Tutu, daughter of South African Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

The ‘Women of Distinction Global Leadership Award in Politics’ award is an addition to a host of awards that have been conferred on Banda throughout her impressive career.

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  1. Yayi bina Malawi tiyeni timulumbe Mama uyu coz wanguti vwila pankhani yamabungwe na wakazembe kuti wati ovwe pamasuzgo ayo yaphimbanga charu ichi.Pala niza kashi geti ndikoti nayo walyapo ka mbuzi ikulya apo wayimangirila.kkkkkk Booomaaa!!!!

  2. Here we go, now im proud to be a malawian.Thanx Mama JB for puting Malawi on the map in the world.Sanje yayi malawi tiyeni tilumbe vinthu vanadi

  3. Kma ku malawi, eee nd ku mpanje2, guys we r not talking of cashgate apa, amalawi mwapanga bwanj kod? Congrats madam president, cimaoneka cikaphwa zoonad ndinkakudan

  4. munthu yemwe amanyozeka kwawo akutali akuona kuti ndi munthu wofunikila komaso waphindu. mulungu ndi wamphamvu ndithu alemekezekeeeeeeeee

  5. Mayi tidzakulilani mpaka kalekare Chimunthu chikutilamulilachi sizinthu…inde tikudziwa kut paulamuliro wanu panali zina zolakwika,koma chomwe ndidziwa paudindo wa president sipalephera zolakwika koma pitara ndiye wationjeza Mama!!! Manyaka enieni

  6. Kungoti AZUNGU AMAKONDA MUNTHU OPANDA MASO MPHENYA. Ife palibe tikupindula ndi ma Distioction award a Jb ndipo tikuvutika aMALAWIfe iye ali kunja ndi aZungu akewo. No sense- Chief Cashgate ife tikulira iye akukondwa kungotisila mavuto ndikuthawa.

  7. Wakoma tsopano tsono inu aja mumanyoza aja mulipati?Apa ndkungoona an2 muli mother ov nation mmati chan pa dzana paja za joyce banda?Tilira2 ichi mchiyambi cabe,tiphwisa.

  8. Congratulations MAMA,jealous! Siyingapindule you deserve it or ena anyonze songolo lanu akuziwa ndimulungu yoooseeee!booooh!!!!!

  9. Ndi kawerenga ma coments mwapereka anthu inu oziwa kuyankhula ndi kulembanu, ma poyinsi akutsongola ndi a forme presindent “Dr JOICE BANDA”ndiye kt zowona munthui munamuberad zikuoneka zokhatu apa, mayele asapose apa. kkkkk munthui anawinadi basi.

  10. Thats gud news mama ndilibe nanu chifukwa amayi,,,mavuto sitingayang’ane za mbuyo but apanowa,,ankangoona ngat kuyendesa boma ndimasewera but lero ndiizitu zikuwakanika mpaka an2 am’boma kuchotsedwa ntchito( 350 nurses),,eeish shame on PITALA

  11. Mamuna saziwika poti paja anakwtisa amuna okhaokha koma angobwela azabweze ndalama zomwe anaonjola where u puss?wasataniki ,amkuwasawe, niery, beach,and theif big khuluku criminal fuckn rabish mother

  12. Th firsj DPP regime MESSED thngs but JB MANAGED t correct th mess in less than a yr.Ths man is realy a failur.He is a professor of CREATING problms.Shud start wearing skirts & blouses.

    • No northern region party will be able to rule this country, unless they change their names. so its not a matter of welcoming people to parties its a matter of finding the solution………… by the way all the best to mAma ex-president The devaluation yoou brought on the nation is seemingly growing and am also happy with your awards Munthu sayipa konse

  13. Congrats our former president, you have really placed our country on the map. Indeed thats a great job but we need you back here so badly.

  14. Kodi mukamati kuti JB adalephera kuyendetsa dziko koma tinene kuti mmutumo muli muli nzeru. Kodi apa Ndodayi sikwatsala mkumuphwetekeratu wakumudzi
    Tiyeni tidzinena zoona.

  15. Tinaluza munthu ofunikira ku ntundu wa a Malawi tonse.kodi zomwe zikuchitika Mmalawi muno tingati mamuna ndindani pakati pa JB ndi Munthalika peter?Manuna ndi JB,anasitha zinthu nthawi yochepa alipowa zitawasokonekeranso.

  16. tinakasiya mayiyu malawi alipena coz zimayi ndimuthu okonderedwa bwezi maiko akuthandiza poziwa kuti ndimuthu wamayi,like brazil angolemerabe ,mayiu kuba sanalakwe coz anaona mwabera ma vote ndeiye akanaba chanino ??? ndalama basi

  17. wina zikumukanika zoti aziti kamba ka jb titukwanapo mtimangapo nenani kuti mwalephera munthu ngati amakhala wopanda mkazi alamulila bwanji dziko utsogoleli umayambila pabanja guys,ndangodutsamo sinathyole khwani kwinaku musoua.Amayi ufulu uja munatisiyila wolankhula zakukhosi.wayilesi yaboma kumavekapo wotsutsa pano tikuzisowa tikumangidwa chifukwa chosusa zosezi ndikamba ka munthu wotchedwa mbendela galu yamunthu ntchito zamanja anu zikuchitilani umboni

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