Executive’s commitment to strengthening family skills highlighted

Angolan minister of Social Action, Family and Women’s Promotion, Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto, highlighted Monday, in Huíla, the Executive’s engagement in strengthening family skills, in the rescue of moral values and in the socioeconomic empowerment of families.

The minister was speaking during the opening of the 24th Session of the National Family Council taking place in Lubango, Huila, under the motto “Family Strengthened Society Developed”.

Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto said that the State has paid particular attention to women, adolescents and young people, through the Ministry of Social Action, Family and Women’s Promotion (MASFAMU).

The minister spoke of the implementation of a programme for Valuing the Family and Strengthening Family Skills, awareness actions, via the Jango de Valores project.

As part of the economic empowerment of families, she said that financial inclusion and literacy campaigns had been carried out, personal finance multipliers, opening of bank accounts and the attribution of Automatic Payment Terminals (APT).

The minister considered significant the results achieved with the actions, calling for the participation of all partners in mobilisation and awareness campaigns.

According to the official, social stability and the development of any country depend on peace and security in families, stating that everything begins in the family.

However, she invited parents, children, churches, civil society, among other actors, to work on strengthening the families so that they can have a developed society.

“The Executive, through MASFAMU, is working on drawing up a proposal for the National Action Plan on the Family in Angola that, in an inter-sector way, can respond to the various situations that affect families in Angola”, she said.

She said that in the context of the reform of justice and law, a process of revision of the Family Code is underway, which aims to keep up with the dynamics of life and increasingly defend the rights of families.

The municipal, provincial and national family councils, according to the minister, are an opportunity to reinforce the message of union, love and respect so that together, they can cultivate the spirit of tolerance and solidarity, with a view to establishing a good relationship among all family members.

The minister also defended the need to use the available mechanisms to raise awareness among the population about the importance of the family as a vital nucleus of society, to discuss their rights and responsibilities, as well as to promote knowledge related to issues social, economic and demographic conditions that affect it.

Ana Paula do Sacramento Neto pointed to the drama of family breakdown, the loss of fundamental values such as respect for life, solidarity, generosity, honesty, obedience and dialogue.

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)