Malawi takes up seat on UN Women Executive Board

Malawi will for the next three years, starting this month, serve on the Executive Board of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women (UN Women) following its election to the Board late last year.

Making the announcement in New York on Wednesday, Malawi’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Mrs. Esther Mcheka Chilenje Nkhoma said this is an exciting time for Malawi to take up this leadership position on a UN entity.

“UN Women established a country office late last year in Malawi,” said Chilenje-Nkhoma, adding that, “This is also important for Malawi as it is serving on the Commission for Social Development, while at the same time implementing numerous social empowerment policies, empowering communities and leveraging national development in the country.”

UN Women was created in July 2010 through a UN General Assembly resolution thereby taking a historic step in accelerating the Organization’s goals on gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Mcheka Chilenje at the UN headquarters

It came about as part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact, merging and building on the important work of previously distinct entities of the UN system, which focused exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

These entities include, the Division for the Advancement of Women, the International Research and Training Institute of Women, the office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women and also the United Nations Development Fund for women.

The UN Women Executive Board is made up of representatives from 41 countries around the world who serve on a rotating basis and they are selected on the following basis: 10 from Africa, 10 from Asia, 4 from Eastern Europe, 6 from Latin America and the Caribbean, 5 from Western Europe and 6 from contributing countries.

Malawi’s membership on the Executive Board of UN women expires on 31st December 2013.

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