Five years back something historic happened. The 2013 Rwandan Parliamentary elections ushered in a record-breaking 64 per cent of seats for women candidates, making Rwanda the top country for women in politics.
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25 May is Africa Day, a day to celebrate Africa's liberation from colonialism and formation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, precursor to the African Union. Every day, across the continent of Africa, women and men are shaping a better future for their countries and the world.
In early May 2018, the UN Women Executive Board visited Malawi for the first time. The delegation to Malawi consisted of the President of the Board, Ivana Pajević, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Montenegro to the United Nations, and six other board members representing Zambia, Finland, Republic of Korea, Panama, Norway and United Kingdom. The purpose of the visit was for the Board Members to observe UN Women's operational response at country level and assess how it contributes to the implementation of the country's national development priorities and plans.
Thanks to growing implementation of a law passed last year, child marriage may soon be a relic of Malawi's past, and on the eve of the International Day of the Girl Child, UN Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson visited the country to celebrate the achievements of UN Women, the Malawian Government, local chiefs and girls who have returned to school after having their marriages annulled.