UN tells Anglican to allow Muslim girls in hijab attend classes: Calls for religious tolerance in Malawi

United Nations has told the Anglican church to allow Muslim girls at Mmanga schools in Balaka to attend school while in hijab.

UN Resident Coordinator, Maria Jose Torres: Calls for religious tolerance

The UN resident coordinator Maria Jose Torres says preventing access to services such as education because students choose to wear an expression of their religion goes against the important human rights and international standards on freedom of education.

“Such actions discourage girls from attending school, denying them the right to learn and actively participate in society, at a time when Malawi is focusing on ending child marriage and keeping girls in school,” saysTorres.

The statement from Torres follows religious violence between Christians and Muslims at the school on Monday after the Anglican run school sent back two girls who were in hijab Muslim gear.

Torres says all forms of violence, including endangering lives and the destruction of private and public property are considered criminal and unacceptable.

“The United Nations calls on all Malawians to respect each other’s religious beliefs and engage in peaceful dialogue to resolve differences,” she says.

She also called on the government to ensure that all people are able to exercise their beliefs and cultural practices free from persecution and discrimination.

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winstonmsowoya
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winstonmsowoya

WHAT HAS UN TO DO WITH ISLAM? WHY CAN’T UN MIND IT’S OWN AFFAIRS. MALAWIANS HAVE NO TIME TO KISS FEET OF ARABS IN OUR OWN SOIL.AFRICAN CHRISTIANS ARE BEING KILLED IN MUSLIM COUNTRIES LIKE WILD DOGS FOR BEiNG CHRISTIANS AND YET,THE SO-CALLED UN TURN A BLIND EYE JUST BECAUSE,OUR SKIN IS BLACK.MALAWIANS,STAND AS MEN TO DEFEND OUR BIRTH RIGHTS.FOR YOUR INFORMATION,AFIRICANS IN ARAB MUSLiMS’ COUNTRIES,ARE NOT ALOUD TO PRAY IN THEIR CHURCHES AND ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY BIBLES OPENLY.I STRONGLY ADVISE MY BELOVED MALAWIANS,NOT TO GIVEUP YOUR LOVED MALAWI TO MUSLIMS WHO ARE BENDING TO TURN OUR SWEET… Read more »

Kaisi Kaisi
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Stupid fools. Muslims have headscarf’s, Jews have, Hindus have, Christian have. Only stupid Malawian Christians who believe in miracles don’t have. What they know is to worship Idols. Buying water hoping to see something falling from heaven. KKKKKK Mbuli za chipembezo

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Very stupid and dangerous advice from the corrupt UN

Gulukunye
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Gulukunye

I agree we need religious tolerance. The moslem must accept Anglican school rules. That’s tolerance.

Chilaz
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Chilaz

CAN JOZE TELL THE ISLAMS TO ALLOW ME TO EAT MY PORK FREELY AT ANY ISLAMIC SCHOOL????????

Ulemu Banda
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Ulemu Banda

It’s a school not a restaurant!!

Kaisi Kaisi
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Tell the fool. He thinks school is Ndirande tarven. Bulshit….

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Koma iwe ndiwe mwana wanjokadi ndimangokumva kwaamai ako aja kuti mwana iwe anavutika nawe pobereka mpaka mpeni kuchipatala iwee!!

Majimaji
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Majimaji

I have read all the comments here and I have noted two big points; (1) The focus is on Islam and not the subject at hand. The example that are being given are completely contrary because schools that were handed over to the government are different from that of privately owned ones. For instance St Anthony in Thondwe, Zomba is owned and run by the Catholic as such whoever wants to study there has to conform to the values of Catholics, similarly Maryam girls a privately run Islamic school as such it derives its rules from Islamic establishment. On the… Read more »

President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

But in France th burqa are banned, so tell France not Malawi and Anglican church.

dalo
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dalo

noooo zachamba iwe mzungu….

Central
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Central

Maria, has your institution ever visited Moslem owned schools? Do they allow students to put on things like Rosary by Anglican and Catholics? I totall disagree and strongly feel the Anglicans have a right as regards who they can admit into their schools and this is beyond UN’s mandate and or control!

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Inu mudzifunsa osangooona mbali imodzi.Muma schools a Islam amalola achichristu kuvwala zawo even kokapembeda.Mumangodana ndichi Islam koma ndichipembedzo chasdetsa nkhawa ,nkhawa zili ndiiweyo koma

Kaisi Kaisi
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So it takes a UN envoy to pump sense in these so called educated Malawians. Education is a human rights issue. Moslem girls are allowed to cover themselves with Hijab. What about Malawi a country with only one race? Vuto a Malawi olo aphunzile umbuli thoo. Wake up and smell coffee fools. Who declared Malawi a Christian country??. Beside islam was the first religion to hit our shores before Christianity.

Muonosile
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Muonosile

BOKOHARAM fighting is your life

Kaisi Kaisi
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There comes another fool. I bet you that may be your own bible you don’t understand it. Mbuli za chipembezo. Mayi Mara anavala Hiajb, Yesu anavala mkanjo, A white man sold you a bible in exchange of colonisation and minerals but still you read a bible upside down. Stupit Gentiles.

Mwinithako
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Mwinithako

Aha ha kodi mwana wanjoka ija iwe ulipo ??? Mai ako paja amakudandaula kuti unawagwilira moti angofuna kuzikhweza.Koma iweee munthu woipa kwabasi

Kaisi Kaisi
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Stupid fools. Moslems have their own headscarf, Christians do have headscarf’s, Jews do have, Hindus do have headscarf’s. The brain washed Malawian don’t this. What they know is to worship prophets. Waiting for miracles without working. Wake up fools.