United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced Thursday the appointment of Moroccan Najat Maalla M’jid as her Special Representative on Violence against Children, with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
A pediatrician, Maalla M’jid has “devoted her life over the last three decades to the promotion and protection of children’s rights,” Guterres’ spokesman said in a statement. She was head of the department of pediatrics and director of the hospital Hay Hassani mother and child of Casablanca, and is a member of the National Council of Human Rights (CNDH) and founder of the association Bayti.
From 2008 to 2014, Maalla M’jid served as UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography. She is also a consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies related to the promotion and protection of the rights of the child.
Maalla M’jid succeeds Portugal’s Marta Santos Pais, to whom the Secretary-General is “deeply grateful for his leadership and dedication during his tenure as first Special Representative on violence against children”, said his spokesman.