Malawi President Banda pledges support for Oxfam

President Joyce Banda has assured Oxfam International of her support towards ratifying and implementing African Union Treaties and Standards to enshrine values and standards across the continent.

Oxfam wants governments to ratify key outstanding charters and protocols and is lobbying Presidents at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to speak to peers on the importance of ratifying the treaties and standards.

“You have my support.  I will do all I can especially to ensure domestication of the treaties,” President Banda said.

Only two countries—Kenya and Mauritius—have ratified the African Charter on the values and principles of Public Service an

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President Banda:Pledges support

d Administration (2011) and only 17 countries have ratified the Charter for Democracy, Elections and Governance for attention.

President Banda also pledged to support Oxfam in its efforts to ensure the 16 governments which have not yet ratified the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa do so.

Among other things Oxfam wants President Banda to host a mini-summit to review the obstacles facing the implementation of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Following the Grand Unity March last year, the State of the Union Coalition plans to support Malawian organisations to popularize and audit implementation of 14 key standards in Malawi over 2013.

Oxfam also wants President Banda to establish a national  Inter-ministerial committee to coordinate the harmonisation of national policies, laws and budgets with continental standards

Oxfam is of the view that there is no champion for the ratification and implementation of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa.

Oxfam works in 90 countries with 3000 partners to fight poverty, suffering and human rights denial.

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