Annual Women Ijtima
The Muslim Women Organisation (MWO) held a three-day Ijtima event at Zomba Islamic High School focusing on sensitising women on environmental conservation and management in the country.
In many cases non-Muslims have looked at women in Islam and perceive their role to be one associated with several negative connotations. Muslim Women in Malawi feel that it is high time people changed such perceptions.
For this reason, the Muslim Women Organisation organises gatherings in order to discuss issues related to women.
Apart from many other topics that were discussed within the three days that the women met, their focus for this year was to encourage the womenfolk to conserve the environment.
Sister Tepani secretary for the organisation told Insight that the theme for this year was about environment, in order to put the preaching into practice the women planted 10 trees at the centre and distributed other 200 to district chair ladies for them to plant when they leave for their homes after the end of the event She said.
Local and international women presented different topics on environment, Salah, zakat, business entrepreneurship , responsibilities of women, a woman as a wife as a daughter a sister and a woman as a politician.
In her closing remarks, Chair person of the organising committee Sister Aisha Keyala said that women ought to change their mindset and adopt modern life without compromising their religious values like Islamic dress code
The Ijtima is an annual gathering where women discuss range of issues affecting their livelihood. The 2016 gathering attracted participants from women around the country as well as those from the neighboring countries like Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania and South Africa.