ANGOLA: Angola Defence Minister Praises Women's Role, Determination

Friday, March 29, 2013
Southern Africa
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding

Angola's National Defence minister, Cândido Van-Dúnem, on Thursday here praised the determination and role played by women in face of the difficulties of life, especially Angolan women, who have given their best to the promotion of unity and wellbeing of the family and society.

The minister said so to the press, in the ambit of a fraternization lunch organized in homage to military women and civilian female staff of the Defence Ministry and the Angolan Armed forces (FAA), still in the framework of the Women in March events.

He explained that this homage completes the deserved recognition of the role women play in the development of the Angolan society.

Cândido Van-Dúnem went on saying that since the early stages of the Angolan liberation struggle for independence women have always been showing commitment and tenacity, as well as strong willingness to contribute to the establishment of a country that promotes freedom, prosperity and progress.

In view of this, he said, the Defence Ministry and the Angolan Armed Forces have several women, at different levels, in leadership positions, having stressed his satisfaction at the contribution women have been making to the reconstruction of the country.

The ceremony was witnessed by the Angolan Armed Forces (FAA)'s Chief of Staff, gen. Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda, the secretary-general of the Angolan Women's Organisation (OMA), Luzia Inglês, the MP Genoveva Lino, among other personalities.a