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“When girls are educated, everything is possible.”

10 March 2017

Malawi Chief, nicknamed “The Terminator” for annulling thousands of child marriages, receives prestigious Vital Voices award; UN Women’s Habiba Osman among the honourees for her role in promoting positive social norms More

Malawi Parliament adopts amendment to end child marriage

22 February 2017

The country with one of the highest rates of child marriages in the world has taken a major step to end the practice by adopting a constitutional amendment on 14 February that raises the minimum age of marriage to 18 years. More

Press release: UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson shines spotlight on need to end child marriages

10 October 2016

Ahead of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador and world renowned actress Emma Watson travels to Malawi to meet with President, traditional leaders and girls freed from early marriage. More

From where I stand: Elizabeth Chatuwa

05 October 2016

Elizabeth Chatuwa, 28, has been a Girl Guide since she was 10 years old. Today, she is the District Youth Commissioner for the Malawi Girl Guides Association. She mentors girls and assists youth leaders in delivering programmes, including the Voices against Violence curriculum, developed jointly by UN Women and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts, to make girls and young women aware of their rights, to prevent child marriage and other forms of violence and to encourage girls to stay in school. More

Women police climb the ranks across Africa

12 April 2016

Across the globe, women are still only a tiny portion of the security sector, but across Africa, some inroads are being made. More

Malawi Chief annuls 330 child marriages

17 September 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 leaders to annul marriages. More

"I came to CSW because..."

19 March 2015

Every year thousands of activists from civil society organizations around the world come to New York to take part in the Commission on the Status of Women, the global intergovernmental body exclusively dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. A snapshot of their messages and perspectives on this year’s session of CSW… More

Malawi joins UN Women's COMMIT initiative

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. More

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

05 October 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

Fifty countries voice support for UN Women at pledging event

28 June 2013

Ten countries committed to increase contributions, 14 announced multi-year pledges and five new countries became donors at a special pledging event for the organization on 26 June, during the 2013 annual session of its Executive Board at UN Headquarters in New York. More

Socially-excluded widows mobilize for their rights

21 June 2013

Along with partners, UN Women is working on initiatives to support widows in Guatemala, India and Malawi. To mark International Widows Day, a look at the work that is currently underway. More

International Widows’ Day: Message from Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women

20 June 2013

On this International Widows' Day, UN Women calls for action to end discrimination against widows so they can live in dignity and enjoy equal rights, opportunities and full participation in society. A statement by Lakshmi Puri, Acting Head of UN Women. More

Child Marriages: 39,000 Every Day – More than 140 million girls will marry between 2011 and 2020

07 March 2013

Press release by UNICEF, UNFPA, UN Women, WHO, United Nations Foundation and civil society organization. Between 2011 and 2020, more than 140 million girls will become child brides, according to United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). More

“Ride on! Speak Out!”: Nine countries, 15 bikers, one issue – ending violence against women

21 January 2013

A group of motorcycle buffs joined forces with Harley-Davidson Johannesburg and UN Women in a novel initiative to raise awareness about violence against women and girls. Over 16 days, they rode 8,200 km, across Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho. More

UN Women and the Loomba Foundation join forces to empower widows in three continents

27 November 2012

A new partnership between UN Women and the Loomba Foundation will promote the empowerment of widows through global advocacy and economic empowerment projects in three countries - Guatemala, Malawi, and India. More

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

10 October 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

Lighting up lives: African women train as “barefoot” solar engineers

10 May 2012

An illiterate grandmother from a small village in Malawi, Stella found it hard to picture what lay ahead when she arrived at the Barefoot College of India. Six months later she emerged as one of 25 trained African solar technicians, ready to electrify her home village for the first time. More

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

26 April 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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