May 25, 2017   Loreen Nyambo

A first year LLB (Hons) student, Ulemu-Hannah Kanyongolo, represented the University of Malawi at the Second International Symposium on Gender, Law, and Constitutions held by UN Women and the United States Institute of Peace, under the theme “Ensuring Gender Equality in Constitutions”.

The symposium was held on the 12th and 13th of April 2017 at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington DC. The event was graced by gender studies experts and university students from around the world. The aim of the symposium was to engage the next generation of stakeholders in the discourse of gender, law and constitutions that it enables them to be gender considerate when they assume leadership roles. The activities at the symposium included group discussions, debates and paper presentations.

Miss Kanyongolo presented on the recent constitutional amendment that has outlawed child marriage. She contended that the amendment is a positive step in the quest for gender equality because it will protect girls from being forced into marriage and enable them freely to attain an education.

Miss Kanyongolo is currently the Chairperson of the Gender Justice Clinic. She said that participating in the symposium has given her a global perspective on gender and law and that she aims to apply the attained knowledge in her clinic’s prospective activities.

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