Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration – 2018

High Court Judge Justice Zione Ntaba holds the signed declaration

2018 International Day of Peace

Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration

“Peace cannot be realized without women’s rights”

20th September 2018

The International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21st September. The day is devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples. It is also an opportunity to reflect on the roles of individuals, communities and organizations in contributing towards peaceful societies in the active pursue of SDG 16.

On this year’s commemoration, we the delegates to the International Day of Peace meeting 2018, representing a cross-section of women in Malawi from diverse sectors, ethnicities, ages, cultures and religions, have met at Bingu International Conference Centre to join hands with the rest of the world in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – “The Right to Peace

Guided by the African Union Vision: “The Agenda 2063” which reads; “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in international arena”, we hereby sign this Declaration to mark our commitment to peace and to call upon all stakeholders in Malawi to enhance and sustain peace.

As peace cannot be achieved without the active participation of women in society, today we acknowledge the contribution made by women in Malawi towards peaceful coexistence and gender equality in pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and Goal 5 – Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women.

We recall the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948); The Constitution of the Republic of Malawi (1994), The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979); the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (1993) which emphasise the importance of upholding women’s rights.

We are committed to promoting SDGs 16 – Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions and SDG 5: Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women and girls by contributing to initiatives that enhance peaceful coexistence and gender equality. We recognize the importance of contributing to promote inclusive societies that are safe and violent-free spaces for women at all levels of society.

Finally, we pledge using our efforts to build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions that will contribute to the creation of a safe and inclusive Malawi for sustainable peace, democracy and development.

Participants at the commemoration of the International Day of Peace in a group photo.

Diplomatic Community Representative, Japanese Ambassador Kae Yanagisawa and Faith Community Representative Bishop Rose Mbewe sign the Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration at the commemoration.

Representative of the Civil Society and Aid Malawi Country Director Grace Malera signs the Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration at the commemoration.

Representative of Women in Business Ms. Grace Kalolo signs the Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration at the commemoration.

UN Resident Coordinator Ms Maria Jose Torres signs the Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration at the commemoration.

First Lady Madame Prof. Gertrude Mutharika signs the Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration at the commemoration.

Lilongwe International Peace Day Declaration

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