PAWO reviews organizational adjustment

Minister Carolina Cerqueira, who is also the vice-president of PAWO for Southern Africa, reaffirmed President JoAPound o Lourenco’s vision of empowering and promoting women, focusing on the social area as one of the priorities for action in his governance, the well-being of families and communities being the key to sustainable and human development in Angola.

She stressed that education, health, support to the youth sector and women continue to deserve priority attention, either through programmes to combat poverty or the empowerment of the most vulnerable populations, particularly in rural and suburban areas.

Regarding the 10th PAWO Congress, to be held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, from the 26th to the 28th of this month, Carolina Cerqueira defended that the Angolan position consists of encouraging the role of women in the promotion and education of peace in the continent, both through institutional and civil society initiatives and the creation of national mechanisms to guarantee resources and financial credit for the empowerment of women and gender equity, as well as boost advocacy for parity of female representation at high level decision-making bodies, as well as the prioritization of the education of young girl.

The defense of children’s rights and their integrity and security, with the main emphasis on denouncing and criminalizing sexual abuse and early marriages of children and adolescents, is also on the agenda of Angola’s concerns.

The role of young people in the future of the continent, the sustainable and healthy environment, the diversification of the economy in favour of development and social peace are other topics to be analyzed at the event, according to the minister, who pointed out the literacy of women, education and continuing professional training as strong points of debate and which are integrated in the work panel.

She praised the message of encouragement from African leaders to the cause of African women, in particular the engagement of South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the new AU leader, who singled out for his one-year term the promotion of African women as priority and proposed 2020/2030 as the decade of African Women.

She informed that the Angolan delegation will be headed by the general secretary of OMA (Angolan Women’s Organization), Luzia InglA�s Van-DA�nem.

The outgoing PAWO president, Assetou Koite, considered that the conditions for the success of the meeting are created and that African women will write another page in the history of the African women’s movement.

In addition to being a founding member of the PAWO, Angola assumed its presidency and housed the organization’s headquarters for 22 years.

Source: Angola Press News Agency