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Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:22 - Updated Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:22

Lunda Sul: Gender inequality bad for economy - minister

Saurimo - Gender inequality is a bad practice that affects the economic growth of any country.

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Minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins

Photo: Gaspar Santos

This was said Tuesday in Saurimo, northeastern Lunda Sul province, by the minister of Industry, Bernarda Martins, who spoke of the need for policies that promote gender equality and opportunities.

The minister was addressing the opening of the first Provincial Conference on Women  Economic Empowerment, intended to raise women awareness for direct participation and intervention in the economy, through the adoption of Government-designed strategies.

 “In fact, a country that permanently finances its economy through the exploration of women on the work market, could only be creating dysfunctions that sooner or later will pay dear for, because it will be generating a non-competitive and unsustainable economy in terms of future development,” she stressed.

She admitted that in some respects of the political, social and economic affairs, the inclusion of women has significantly progressed over the last few years in Angola, and encouraged the Government to continue creating policies, programmes and projects aimed to valorise and emancipate this group of society.

The minister also spoke of the emergence of firms that engage in the adoption of good practices in terms of business and human rights, and Angola is more and more producing laws to ensure gender equality and human rights at workplace.

"Women have won growing participation and with pride, the Angolan Parliament is in first twenty places worldwide, with more women and also it should be noted that the Portuguese-speaking African countries are those that have a higher number of women in Government and at the level of senior government positions," she said.

According to Bernarda Martins, there is in Angola will, strength and enough potential to more and more move towards women economic empowerment, as part of the bigger struggle, which is gender equality at all levels of society.

The three-day event is being attended by businesswomen, provinces deputy governors and administrators from the northeastern region of the country, including bank managers.

The conference is handling such topics as women economic empowerment, foundations for the eradication of poverty and sustainable development, public policies and sustainable local development, associativism, gender and empowerment and women affirmation challenges in the country’s present economic context and others.

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