JB takes up role as champion against sexual violence in conflict

Malawi President Joyce Banda has accepted a request by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General to join a network of Champions against Sexual Violence in Conflict.

Presidential Press Secretary Steve Nhlane explained in a statement that as an International Champion against Sexual Violence in Conflict, President Banda will work together with William Hague of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Zainab Hawa Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict and other champions in the fight against one of the greatest and most persistent injustices in the world today.

In her acceptance, President Banda said: “It is my pleasure to join you as an International Champion against sexual violence in conflict.

“I am personally committed to the cause for social justice and I look forward to using my platform to mobilise commitment and action to eradicate all forms of sexual violence in conflict. I have no doubt that together we will achieve more towards this noble cause.”

President Banda

President Banda

The champions against sexual violence in conflict advocate for more attention and action by the international community on this issue and speak out in support of this agenda, nationally, regionally and internationally.

Sexual violence in conflict inflicts unimaginable suffering, destroying, families and communities. It affects not only large numbers of women and girls, but also men and boys. Sexual violence also adds to the ethnic, sectarian and other divisions. This, in turn, engrains conflict and instability and undermines peace-building and stabilisation efforts.

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