Habiba Osman

Specialist for the Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls, UN Women


From her role in spearheading a national campaign on the enactment of the Trafficking in Persons Law to her present position in helping eliminate violence against women, Habiba Osman has dedicated her career to being both a human rights activist and defender. Her current position as a program specialist at UN Women’s Malawi office involves pushing for positive reforms for both women and girls in Malawi, especially in the realm of child marriage. Ms. Osman recently took part in amending the constitutional age of child marriage from 16 years-old to 18 years-old in Malawi.

In 2010, Ms. Osman was a recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Scholarship, and through the fellowship she obtained a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law at the Centre for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame Law School, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2011. She was a recipient of the IVLP Award in 2008 and was recently appointed as the 2017 mentor under the HiiL Justice Mentorship Program for human rights. Ms. Osman is professionally versed in issues regarding gender, women’s rights, human trafficking, and peace and security.