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Malawi Country Office
UN Women is expected to deliver expeditiously on its mandate by leveraging resources and partnerships to generate greater action for the set thematic areas. Malawi is falling behind on several of the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals, with an emphasis on SDG 5: Gender Equality. UN Women looks at how women are affected in each of the seventeen proposed goals as well as how women and girls can be the key to achieving these goals.
Gender inequality is prevalent in Malawi and it is entrenched in the patriarchal nature of society and gender stereotypes, where women and girls are considered as a second-class citizen. In Malawi, the high level of prevalence of violence against women and girls and child marriages shows the several challenges and discrimination faced by women and girls. Among them also includes HIV and AIDS and more so among the youth. Particularly worrying and strictly linked to the failure in achieving the aforementioned SDGs is the condition of the girl child, the development, empowerment and protection of whom would positively affect issues of education, maternal mortality and overall gender equality and on the long term, economic growth. The girl child represents the future of every nation, especially in Malawi, whereby youth represent most of the population.
UN Women is active in several other advocacy activities and campaigns on gender equality, such as the Generation Equality campaign, UNiTE-Say No Campaign to End Violence Against Women and Girls, the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Based Violence, as well as ending child marriages campaigns.
In addition, UN Women is implementing a variety of projects through (1) PROMOTING GIRLS ACCESS TO EDUCATION THROUGH THE HEFORSHE CAMPAIGN which sets to promote access to education and to address GBV, through the engagement of men and boys in the advancement of girls and boy’s education through the We Learn Virtual Skills School Pilot Project, Women Economic Empowerment Project (WEP) and the Eliminating Child Marriages in Malawi and Zambia pilot project (IBSA), (2) Multi Donor Trust Fund: Advancing the rights of persons with disabilities in order to increase protection and enhance prevention of violence against persons living with Albinism, (3) Spotlight Initiative aimed at targeting the most at risk groups and will accelerate efforts towards elimination of violence against women and girls including sexual gender-based violence and harmful practices(4) HIV and AIDS interventions through the UBRAF funding which aims to ensure that advocacy on negative social norms and harmful cultural practices that render women and young people vulnerable to HIV and AIDS are addressed. Hence the CO interventions will build on positive efforts under the National Strategic Plan 2015-2020, the Gender, HIV and AIDS Implementation Plan 2016 -2020, the Gender Based Violence Plan of Action 2016 – 2021 and the positive efforts made to address the rights of women and girls as they relate to their vulnerabilities to HIV and AIDS, and harmful cultural practices, in collaboration with traditional and faith leaders
Reporting to the National Programs Officer, the Programme Assistant works with and provides support to the members of the Programme Team in the development and implementation of effective programmes consistent with UN Women rules and regulations. The Programme Assistant provides programme, administrative, and logistical assistance to the team for the smooth programme implementation.
1. Provide administrative and logistical support to the formulation and management of HIV and EVAW programme
2. Provide administrative support to the financial management of the programme Unit
3. Provide administrative support to the program Unit
4. Facilitation of knowledge building and knowledge sharing
UN Women is the United Nations entity dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. A global champion for women and girls, UN Women was established to accelerate progress on meeting their needs worldwide.
UN Women supports UN Member States as they set global standards for achieving gender equality, and works with governments and civil society to design laws, policies, programmes and services needed to ensure that the standards are effectively implemented and truly benefit women and girls worldwide. It works globally to make the vision of the Sustainable Development Goals a reality for women and girls and stands behind women’s equal participation in all aspects of life, focusing on four strategic priorities:
Women lead, participate in and benefit equally from governance systems
Women have income security, decent work and economic autonomy
All women and girls live a life free from all forms of violence
Women and girls contribute to and have greater influence in building sustainable peace and resilience, and benefit equally from the prevention of natural disasters and conflicts and humanitarian action
UN Women also coordinates and promotes the UN system’s work in advancing gender equality, and in all deliberations and agreements linked to the 2030 Agenda. The entity works to position gender equality as fundamental to the Sustainable Development Goals, and a more inclusive world.