Former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan dies

Kofi Annan, the former UN secretary-general who won the Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work has died at the age of 80 peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness. His wife Nane and their children Ama, Kojo and Nina were by his side during his last days. Kofi Annan was a global statesman and a deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world. During his distinguished career and leadership of…

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Anti-Trafficking Body Pleads For Victim Shelters

People Saving Girls at Risk, a local non – governmental organization fighting against exploitation of girls and women in all forms of sex trafficking in the country, has called on government to establish shelters of trafficked victims to ensure their care and protection. Board chairperson for the organization, Margaret Ali made the appeal on Tuesday during a press briefing in Blantyre as part of commemoration for World Day against Trafficking in Persons which falls on July 30 each year….

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UN Ask for Speed Prosecution of Albino Killers

UN Women has expressed concern over the continued delays in prosecuting people in involved to conspiracy to murder, abduction and possession of human bones in the country. The UN Women representative to Malawi, Clara Anyangwe who represented UN Coordinator to a expressed the concern during press briefing on Tuesday in a head of International day of Albinism which fall on June 13, but the country is to celebrate the day on June 23,2018 in Karonga. She observed that the…

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Journos Urged to Support Women in Politics

As the country is expecting to go to polls in May, 2019, UN Women, through “He-for-She”–a movement for gender equality, is lobbying journalists to promote women participation in politics. Speaking in Mulanje District on Monday when the NGO held a meeting with various stakeholders in elections, UN Women He-for-She Specialist, Habiba Osman said journalists have a crucial role to play in ensuring that women not only participate in all levels of the electoral process, but that they are also…

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UN Women in ‘He for She’ Campaign

United Nations (UN) Women have called on men to be in forefront supporting women to be elected in different leadership positions in society, as a way of empowering them and enhancing their participation in politics. The UN Women said issues of women empowerment have been on the ground for some time now and thought of engaging men to fight for and support women who are aspiring for various political and any other decision-making positions in their community. Taking on…

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UN Women Calls for Support, Protection for Persons with Albinism

United Nations Women (UNW) said persons with albinism need to be provided with necessary support and protected from all forms of discrimination. UNW Executive Board President, Ivana Pajevic said this Wednesday in Dedza in the area of Traditional Authority (TA) Kaphuka where her organization is implementing UN Human Rights Window albinism project. She noted that with increased cases of abduction and killings that persons with albinism the country has experienced there is need to make sure that communities view…

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Mutharika Committed to Promoting Gender Equality, Women Empowerment

President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has reiterated his government’s commitment towards the advancement of gender equality and women empowerment in the country. Mutharika made this remarks on Monday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre when he had an audience with the UN Women Executive Board who are in the country to observe and assess how UN organisations are faring. “My administration is committed to women empowerment and this can be evidenced through the enactment of gender-related legislations, one of which…

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UN Suspends Key Witness in Alleged Sexual Assault Inquiry

A key witness in a sexual assault investigation involving a UN assistant Secretary General has been suspended from her job, in a move campaigners say is a show of “pure intimidation tactics”. Miriam Maluwa, who has worked for the UN for more than 25 years, was placed on administrative leave from her post as country director for UNAids in Ethiopia on 27 March. In a letter from the agency she was told this action did not amount to disciplinary…

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UN Praises Mutharika for Intensifying GBV Fight

United Nations (UN) Saturday praised President Peter Mutharika for taking bold steps towards fight against Gender Based Violence (GBV). Speaking during launch of 16 days of activism against GBV held at Mzimba Community centre ground, UN representative in Malawi, Clara Anyangwe commended Mutharika, for championing He4She initiative in the country. She explained that his determination to promote gender equality, by among other things, ensuring that violence perpetrated on women and girls is eliminated. UN representative said, “As UN family,…

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