President Joyce Banda : Her Excellency

An entrepreneur, activist, politician, and philanthropist, Her
Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda was also the President of the Republic of
Malawi (2012-2014). She was Malawi’s first female president and Africa’s
second. Voted as Africa’s most powerful woman by Forbes Magazine for
two years running and voted as one of the most powerful women in the
world, Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda is a champion for the rights of
women, children, the disabled, and other marginalized groupsPresident Joyce Banda. 

Before becoming President of Malawi, Dr. Banda served as a Member of
Parliament; Minister of Gender and Child Welfare; and Foreign Minister
and Vice President of the Republic of Malawi. While serving as Minister
of Gender and Child Welfare, President Joyce Banda championed the enactment of the
Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill in 2006, which provides a legal
framework for the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence
against women and girls.

A recipient of more than 15 international accolades including the
“Hunger Project Africa Prize for Leadership for the Sustainable End of
Hunger” shared with President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique in 1997,
President Banda is a strong advocate for women President Joyce Banda and girls’ emancipation
and empowerment and a prominent civil rights campaigner. She founded the
Joyce Banda Foundation International, which guides projects that range
from empowering women to providing for orphans’ education.

On the international scene, President Dr. Banda was instrumental in
the formation of such organizations as the President Joyce Banda

African Federation of Women
Entrepreneurs (AFWE), currently running in 41 countries in Africa; the
Council for the Economic Empowerment of Women in Africa (CEEWA); and the
American & African Business Women’s Alliance (AABWA), of which she
served as First President President Joyce Banda.

President Banda sits on a number international organization bodies.
These include the Executive Advisory Committee of UNIFEM,President Joyce Banda  the GlobalLeaders Council for Reproductive Health, and the Scientific Advisory
Board for the program in Global Health and Social Change at Harvard
Medical School.

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