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Take 5: 'Parents please don’t marry off your children, send them to school instead'

Monday, December 10, 2018

Senior Chieftainess Chikumbu assumed the chieftaincy after the death of her mother in 2009 and was officially inaugurated in 2011. A teacher by profession, she taught at several primary schools in South Lunzu and Blantyre, Malawi.  She retired in 2011 to take up the chieftaincy where she oversees 142 chiefs under her jurisdiction. A champion against gender-based violence and early childhood marriages, Chieftainess Chikumbu has rescued over 2000 young girls from child marriage. UN Women... More

Barbershop Toolbox: Using Safe Spaces to Mobilize Men and Boys for Gender Equality

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Barbershop events provide men with tools to address gender inequality and become agents of change. The events also motivate men and encourage active engagement in male-to-male discussions on gender equality in safe environments, while also elevating the voices of women in these spaces More

Traditional Leaders meet in Blantyre to address child marriage in Africa

Monday, November 5, 2018

UN Women’s Africa Strategic Plan has prioritized protecting the health and well-being of women and girls of Africa by supporting interventions that end Harmful Social Practices, particularly child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. UN Women has made a strategic choice of placing the leadership and engagement of traditional authorities central to addressing the cultural norms and practices that promote child marriage and Female Genital Mutilation. More

UN Women Regional Director for East and Southern Africa visits Malawi

Thursday, September 13, 2018

During a week-long mission to Malawi from 2 – 8 September, UN Women Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Dr Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, visited Malawi with the aim of observing UN Women’s operational response at country level and assess how it contributes to the implementation of the country’s national priorities and plans. More

UN Women Regional Director Dr Izeduwa Derex-Briggs visit to Malawi

Thursday, September 13, 2018

During a week-long mission to Malawi from 2 – 8 September, UN Women Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, Dr Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, visited Malawi with the aim of observing UN Women’s operational response at country level and assess how it contributes to the implementation of the country’s national development priorities and plans. During the mission, the Regional Director had an audience with the Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare,... More

UN Women Executive Board visit to Malawi

Thursday, May 10, 2018

On 5 th May 2018, The UN-Women Executive Board visited Malawi for the first time. Mandated by the Decision 2017/8, the UN-Women Executive Board organizes an annual field visit in a selected country.  The delegation to Malawi consisted of President of the Board, Ms. Ivana Pajević, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations, and six other board members representing Zambia, Finland, Republic of Korea, Panama, Norway and United Kingdom. The purpose of... More

Joint Statement: ‘Freedom from fear’: Ending violence against women

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Human beings are born free and equal, both in rights and in dignity. This is the fundamental principle enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights. On 10 December nearly 70 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the first international assertion of the “highest aspiration of the common people”, including the “promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms”,... More

The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity Report officially launched in Malawi

Monday, June 6, 2016

The much anticipated report, The Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity, which evaluates data from Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda, was launched on the 24th of March, 2016 at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. The function was hosted by World Bank, UN Women, and the UN Development Program- UN Environment Program-Poverty Environment Initiative and brought together key officials from government ministries and key stakeholders from the NGO’s and civil society organizations. More

Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages

Thursday, September 17, 2015

In a country where half of girls are married before age 18, UN Women played a key role in lobbying for a new law that raises the legal age to wed, while raising awareness and working with traditional More

Command Post Exercise – CPX Africa UNiTE II for African Security Organs to end Violence Against Women and Girls

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Rwanda hosted from 17 to 19 August 2015 an all Africa security organs Command Post exercise (CPX) themed: “African Security Organs’ Synergy to End Violence against Women and Girls”. This was organized by Rwanda security organs and the ONE UN Rwanda, under the auspices of the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD) Secretariat custodianship and the current KICD chair; following a decision made during the 4th KICD Annual General Meeting to conduct an exercise play to enhance capacities of Africa security organs in dealing with violence against women and girls. More

UN Women Executive Director to visit Malawi on first official country mission

Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Executive Director of UN Women will visit Malawi from 6 to 9 October, on her first official country mission. She will reinforce UN Women’s support to Malawi in advancing gender equality and women’s empowerment through collaboration with the Government, civil society, private sector and UN system. More

Q&A about the efforts of Kumbukani Mwanyongo to confront child marriage in Malawi

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Kumbukani Mwanyongo is 24 years old, unmarried, and an aspiring pharmacist from Malawi. She is also a member of the Malawi Girl Guides Association and a trained peer facilitator working to educate others about girls' rights. Globally, more than one in three young women aged 20-24 years were first married before they reached age 18. More

Q&A with health and communications expert, Carol Underwood, on reducing the risk of HIV infection among women and girls

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dr. Underwood speaks about her work with southern African communities, and the links between economic empowerment and HIV prevention in young girls. More

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