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Malawi president Banda to speak today at TXST

Photo caption: Joyce Banda, president of Malawi, will speak at Texas State University tonight as part of the 15th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture. (Government of Malawi photo)

Joyce Banda, president of the Republic of Malawi and listed by Forbes African Magazine as Africas Third Most Powerful Woman, will speak at Texas State University today, delivering the 15th Annual Grosvenor Distinguished Lecture at 7:30 p.m. at the Alkek Library Teaching Theater.

The event is free and open to the public with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Bandas lecture, entitled Transformational Partnerships in Malawi, is being co-sponsored by the Gilbert M. Grosvenor Center for Geographic Education, the Meadows Center for Water and the Environment and the 100 X Development Foundation.

Banda was sworn in as President of the Republic of Malawi on April 7, 2012 and was listed as the sixth most powerful black woman in the world in 2013. The first five are all located in the United States.

She holds a bachelor of social studies in gender studies from the Atlantic International University, and a diploma in management of NGOs from the International Labour Organization (ILO) Centre in Turin, Italy. Currently, she is reading for a master of arts in leadership at Royal Roads University in Canada.

She was first elected to parliament in 2004 under the United Democratic Front (UDF). She served as minister of gender, child welfare and community services (2004-2006), minister of foreign affairs (2006-2009) and in 2009 was elected vice president of the Republic of Malawi. In 2011 she formed the Peoples Party (PP) following her expulsion from the then-ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Banda has a strong passion for women, children and the under-privileged and has been heavily involved in development and humanitarian work.

She formed the National Association for Business Women (NABW), an organization that lends start-up cash for small-scale business people, especially women, in 1990.

In 1998 she successfully negotiated with the Hunger Project in New York to establish the Hunger Project in Malawi. The Hunger Project reaches out to many rural households with sustainable livelihood activities.

In 2000 she founded the Young Emerging Leaders Network, which aims at enhancing leadership skills among young executives, and mentors female students in school. In addition, she also founded the Joyce Banda Foundation, School for Orphans, Early Childhood Development and Orphan Care, Youth Development, Food and Income Security, Safe Motherhood, Water and Sanitation, Womens Leadership and Economic Development for Women.

For more information call 245-1823 or e-mail lg33@txstate.edu.

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