United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has turned to football in its resolve to eliminate attacks on persons with albinism (PWAs) in the country.
The organisation has, traditionally, been using dances, poetry and drama in disseminating information on various issues, including the rights of PWAs.
But, at its awareness rally held at Namitembo Full Primary School in Traditional Authority Mlumbe in Zomba District on Saturday, the organisation unveiled TNM Super League giants, Blue Eagles, as its ambassadors in fighting violations of rights of PWAs.
UN Women human rights specialist, Habiba Osman, said they incorporated football in the awareness campaigns because the sport has a large following and unites people.
Osman added that her organisation wants Malawians to unite in combating violence, killings, trespassing and tampering with graves of people with albinism.
“And just like we all love football, let us also love our friends with albinism. Let us protect and cherish them just like we cherish football,” she said.
Eagles Captain, Micium Mhone, said the police-sponsored club was committed to denouncing violence against women, children and PWAs.
Deputy Director of Disability Programmes in the Ministry of Gender, Children, the Elderly, Disability and Social Welfare Felix Sapala and Zomba District Commissioner Patrick Bambe thanked UN Women for being innovative in its approach for combating violations of PWAs rights.
Eagles played against Chingale United FC to wrap up the awareness rally.
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