Secretary General  Ban Ki-moon has appointed Zainab Hawa Bangura, currently the Minister of Health and Sanitation of Sierra Leone, as his new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict.



She will replace Margot Wallström, a Swedish politician with a long history of defending women’s rights, who had served in the position since it was created two years ago.

According to a statement from Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, Ms. Bangura brings to the position over 20 years of policy, diplomatic and practical experience in the field of governance, conflict resolution and reconciliation in Africa. She has been instrumental in developing national programmes on affordable health as well as advocating for the elimination of genital mutilation.

She is also experienced in meeting with interlocutors in diverse situations, including rebel groups, and familiar in dealing with State and non-State actors relevant to issues of sexual violence while fighting corruption and impunity.

“She is an experienced results-driven civil society, human and women’s right campaigner and democracy activist,” the statement added.


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14 Responses to “NEWS FLASH : Sierra Leone’s Health Minister Zainab Bangura gets top UN job”

  1. Mohammed M. Lamin June 23, 2012

    Congratulations Mrs. Zainab Bangura on your appointment by the Secretary – General of the United Nations, Mr. Banki-moon, as the Organization’s new Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict. You definitely deserve the appointment bearing in mind your qualifications, vast experience and commitment to various issues including those pertaining to women’s affairs in general and female genital mutilation in particular.

    Your appointment speaks volumes about the high esteem in which Sierra Leone is held in international circles. It is also a testament to President Koroma’s foresight and ability to identify and appoint people of high caliber to positions that are bound to have positive impacts on the image of Sierra Leone.

  2. Robert June 23, 2012

    will she still keep her position in the government?

  3. Sorie Kanu June 23, 2012

    Haja Zainab Hawa Bangura, I join others to congratulate you for the new post. You really deserve everything that is good as long as your focus is on aleviating human sufferings. We are very proud of you as a Sierra Leonean as Ghanians are proud of H.E. Kofi Anan.

    May Allah continue to grant you more wisdom in discharging the duties accorded to you in this new assignment. God bless you.

  4. mariama coker June 23, 2012

    Congratulations Haja Zainab.

  5. Dr. Augustine A Kamara June 23, 2012

    Congratulation it seems you could be rightly nicknamed “The Iron Lady” of Sierra Leone please keep it up more arcolades are in store for you.Please accept my sincere congratulations and continue to put sierra leone on the map.

  6. Alex Bangs June 24, 2012

    Congratulations Haja Zainab Bangura.

  7. Fynda Fillie-Faboe June 25, 2012

    Congratulations Haja Hawa Bangurah,this is really great for all women in Sierra Leone.

  8. REV DR MOMODU CONTEH June 25, 2012

    you make us all proud keep on riding high my lady!!

  9. Fatmata M June 25, 2012

    This is a clear manifestation that women should be considered in the national elms of Sierra Leone. Congratulations to you Zainab Bangura.

  10. Congratulations Haja Hawa Bangura. You are one in a million. Keep it up all Sierra Leoneans are proud of you, just like Christiana Thorpe. I am praying for you people every day. God bless you all and your families.

    Thank you.

  11. Michael June 27, 2012

    I have worked with you in the past and your visionary approached, determination and kind heartedness have surely helped elevate you to where you are today. Keep it up and may God continue to guide and bless you mam.

  12. May Almighty Allah countinue blessing the President,and give him endless wisdom. Congratulations to Haja Zainab Bangura.

  13. Nene Dabo November 20, 2012

    Congratulations Mrs. Bangura. You are fast becoming an icon; one upcoming Sierra Leonean females can admire, emulate, and refer to. We are certainly proud to call you our own! God’s Blessings as you begin this journey, conquer many challenges and reach unimaginable heights!