Minister highlights gender policy

In a meeting on the future of the Pan-African Women’s Organization (PAWO), in her capacity as Vice-President for Southern Africa, Carolina Cerqueira mentioned poverty reduction, vocational training for young women, participation in conflict resolution and decision-making at all levels as areas of priority focus for the organisation.

The official also affirmed the need for more access to justice and free legal assistance, the fundamental premises for strengthening the role of women in the continent’s sustainable development, strengthening democracy and safeguarding peace.

On the new status of PAWO as a specialized agency of the African Union, she said that new challenges impel women in member countries to adopt a plan of action containing dynamic and inclusive strategies, involving civil society and particularly representatives of young women.

She also warned that the current social and economic situation of African countries requires women’s unity, action, increased responsibility and courage to face the many challenges posed by globalization and the world economic crisis.

The meeting of the PAWO Regional Secretariat was attended by representatives from Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Angola, Eswanti and Malawi.

Angola was represented in the gathering by a delegation of the Angolan Women’s Organization (OMA), headed by its general secretary, Luzia InglA�s VandA�nen.

Source: Angola Press News Agency