Malawi joins UN Women's COMMIT initiative

Date : 23 December 2013

Malawi has become the 61st country to make a pledge under UN Women's advocacy initiative "COMMIT", which calls on leaders worldwide to make concrete national commitments to end violence against women and girls.

Announced during a 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence event, the Government of Malawi pledged strong leadership role in adopting and implementing a comprehensive Gender-Based Violence Action Plan and greater coordination and inclusion of all sectors and stakeholders, including minorities and vulnerable groups.

Launched by UN Women in November of 2012, COMMIT is an advocacy initiative calling on leaders worldwide to fulfill their promise and take a stand by making new and concrete national commitments to end violence against women and girls. These range from passing or improving laws, ratifying international conventions, launching public awareness campaigns, providing safe houses or free hotline services and free legal aid to survivors, supporting education programmes that address gender stereotypes and violence, as well as increasing women in law enforcement, peacekeeping forces and frontline services.

See all commitments here.