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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:20 - Updated Wed, 11 Mar 2015 18:20

Angola has recorded remarkable gender equality progress - Minister

New York - The Angolan Government pays a special attention to all areas concerning the Beijing Platform for Action, which has enabled the country to reach relevance progress and substantial improvements in terms of gender equality, women empowerment and rights.

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Minister of Family and Women Promotion, Maria Filomena Delegado

Photo: Fotos Francisco Miudo

This was said Monday in New York by the minister of Family and Women Promotion, Filomena Delgado.

The official was addressing the 59th session of the United Nations Commission on Status of Women taking place from March 9-20, under the main theme “Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action”.

“Since 2009, the Angolan Executive has been paying more attention to the implementation of the objectives and goals of the Beijing Platform for Action in the 12 critical areas defined. Several instruments, diplomas and laws have been drafted and approved in favour of the promotion of equality of gender, and Angolan women empowerment and human rights,” said the minister who is at the head of a multi-sector delegation.

She added that in the pursuit of fulfilling its international commitments, within the implementation of the National Development Plan for the 2013-2017 period, the Executive has been endeavouring to reach the goals, with stress to the support for the Programme of Support to Gender and Women Promotion, Support to Victims of Violence, Valorization of the Family, Community Development and Rural Women Promotion.

According to the minister, with regard to gender equality, the NDP for 2013-2017 has the overall objective of promoting men and women, equal opportunities, rights and responsibilities in all economic, social, cultural and political areas. The measures will seek to promote the full realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms for both, regardless of the race, origin, ethnicity, religion, belief or age, as enshrined in the Angolan Constitution.

She added that progress is being made in the strategy of implementation of specific programmes designed to reduce poverty within the female population, for example, the promotion of employment and income-generating activities, with the participation of the majority of women (encouraging the development of small and medium enterprises), on the one hand, and access to basic social services, including education and health with a strong focus on the countryside on the other.

The official stated that the government has also been making effort towards the promotion

and protection of children, in particular the young woman, and has for that purpose adopted various instruments to secure these rights, mentioning the Law on Protection and Integral Development of the Child, the creation of the National Council for Children, the National Forum on Children where the Executive has 11 Child protection commitments, and the holding of the National Youth Forum, which culminated in the drafting of the National Youth Development Plan.

Filomena Delgado, whose delegation includes MPs, representatives of various ministerial departments,  women associations, civil society, and others, emphasized that the Government, with its public policies, ensures that all citizens are entitled to health care and medication, child care, maternity, invalidity, old age and any incapacity for work.

The minister mentioned that under the Presidency of the Angolan head of State, José Eduardo dos Santos, a National Forum on Rural Women was held, on August 7, 2014, under the theme "The contribution of Rural Women in the Development Process "which had the participation of about 3,000 people, under an initiative of political and social content which allowed voice to Rural Women and enhanced political participation and development of the country.

According to the Angolan official, generally speaking, the global gender equality remains a concerning fact, since the disparities between women and men still represent a reality with limited goals that do not cover the full spectrum of women's rights and girls established in major international instruments and treaties such as the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.


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