The first woman to serve as president of Malawi is scheduled to deliver on Jan. 29 a Landon Lecture at Kansas State University, officials said Sunday.
Former President Joyce Banda, who led the African nation from 2012 to 2014, has been credited with working to shed laws that restricted press freedom, civil liberties and the democratic process.
“As the second female to lead an African nation, President Banda helped turn her country’s economy around and has been a longtime champion of women’s rights,” said Jackie Hartman, chairwoman of the lecture series.
Banda is to speak at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 29 in Forum Hall in the K-State Union. Her Manhattan talk is open to the public.
Prior to serving as president, Banda was the nation’s vice president, foreign minister, minister of gender and child welfare, and was in Parliament. She championed legislation in 2006 designed to prevent domestic violence against women and girls in Malawi.