20/11/2014: Her Excellency Madame Gertrude Mutharika First Lady of the Republic of Malawi Official Visit to the United States of America, from 16th to 22nd November, 2014

Her Excellency the First Lady Madame Gertrude Mutharika arrived in the United States of America on Saturday November 16th, 2014 to attend the launch of the Women’s Entrepreneurship Day and inaugural conference.  The First Lady was invited to attend this event along with the First Lady of Namibia, Mrs. Penehupifo Pohamba, and President Barack Obama’s grandmother, Mama Sara Obama by the Global Women’s Initiative (GWI).

Speaking in New York, where the event took place, Her Excellency the First Lady said women in Malawi are striving to improve their standards of living by engaging themselves in small and medium-scale businesses. Despite the challenges they face such as lack of access to bank loans and gender in balance, the Malawian women entrepreneurs are determined to succeed and change their lives and those of their families for the better.  The First Lady said that she established Beautify Malawi Trust, to promote good sanitation habits and women entrepreneurship in proper waste management and recycling of waste while keeping Malawi clean and free from communicable and preventable diseases such as malaria, diarrhea, cholera and dysentery.

The First Lady said a clean environment will give women the peace of mind, knowing that their children are protected from diseases caused by poor sanitation and water or air bone diseases.

"If the environment is clean and children are healthy, women will not worry about their children, but concentrate on their businesses" said the First Lady.

Women's Entrepreneurship Day (WED) is a worldwide movement that will be celebrated every year in support of women entrepreneurs and businesses on every continent, gathering think tanks of women business leaders. WED was founded by Wendy Diamond, an accomplished American woman entrepreneur. The launch of this event took place at the United Nations Headquarters under the collaborative efforts of three women –led non- government organizations, named WED, GWI and the United Nations Foundation.