U.S. Supports Girls Empowerment

U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer posing with First Lady Getrude Mutharika and cabinet ministers after symbolic presentation of a cheque to mark the launch of the programme
U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer posing with First Lady Getrude Mutharika and cabinet ministers after symbolic presentation of a cheque to mark the launch of the programme

On January 29 surrounded by students at Nkhonde Primary School in Balaka district, U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer and First Lady of the Republic of Malawi Gertrude Mutharika, joined by the Malawian Ministers of Education, Health, and Gender, officially launched three new U.S. Government-funded programs in Malawi that will provide girls and young women with new opportunities to advance their education and protect their health:  a 6 billion Kwacha Empowering Girls through Education and Health (called ASPIRE) project; a 10 billion Kwacha DREAMS project to prevent the spread of HIV to girls and young women; and a 19 billion Kwacha ACT program to ensure that HIV+ children – boys and girls – get the life-saving treatment they need.

“For societies to thrive, girls must have access to education, healthcare, and technology.  They must have equal rights and equal opportunities.  When they do, their families benefit, their communities prosper, and Malawi will grow from strength to strength.” – U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Virginia Palmer

Read full speech by Ambassador Palmer here.