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Malawi government vows to promote women participation in peace

Malawi government has said it will always promote women’s participation in peace processes both locally and internationally.

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Defence, Paul Chiunguzeni made the remarks on Friday at Dzaleka Refugee Camp in Dowa during this year’s commemoration of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security which was adopted in October, 2000.

“Our women, through Malawi Defence Force and Malawi Police Service, are involved in peacekeeping activities in war-torn countries. Malawi, as a member of the UN system, is committed to promoting women from all forms of abuses which they suffer during conflict and to put them at the centre of peace-building endeavors,” said Chiunguzeni.

Resolution 1325 recognises not only the significant impact of war on women but also the pivotal role women should and do play in conflict management, conflict resolution and building sustainable peace.

In Malawi, the activities were organised by the British government in conjunction with UN Women and United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).

British High Commissioner to Malawi, Michael Nevin, said that his government continues to work with Malawi in realisation of the commitments of the resolution.

“We greatly welcome Malawi’s role in peacekeeping in DRC, Darfur and elsewhere. Malawi has a good reputation, and could build on its excellent credentials to do even more. We particularly welcome the role of women in Malawi peacekeeping operations, as an example to others that women need to be part of the solution towards peace,” Nevin said.

UNHCR representative, Monique Ekoko, thanked the UK government for the resources they provide to refugees.

During the function, the British High Commissioner donated hampers, comprising sanitary pads, three bars of washing soap, two bars of bathing soap and an underwear, to each of the 351 girls of Dzaleka Community Day Secondary School (CDSS).

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