Minister of Environment and Climate Change Management Halima Daud has stressed the need for Muslim women to live healthy lives.
Daud was speaking in Lilongwe on Sunday when she addressed the Lilongwe Muslim Sisterhood.
She asked the women to value their education and that of their children for the country to develop.
“The world continues to change and education remains the key for empowering women in the country. It is important, therefore, that if we can, we should go back to school. In the same vein, let us encourage our children, especially girls, on the importance of school,” she said.
The minister also encouraged the women to frequently go for voluntary counselling and testing (VCT).
Lilongwe Muslim Sisterhood chairperson Jamira Mwamadi thanked the minister for visiting the women.
“We are moved to have her here and share her views on what is happening in our communities. The group was established with the aim of empowering women in different ways,” she said.
Among others, 109 women drawn from Lilongwe urban shared information on HIV/Aids, cervical and breast cancer and the importance of educating the girl child.