ANGOLA: Unesco Director Highlights Women Participation in Politics

Friday, April 6, 2012
Angola Press
Southern Africa
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The experience of the Angolan women in politics must be utilised by other countries as they have made relevant progresses in terms of equality of rights in comparison with men.

This was said Thursday in Luanda by UNESCO director general, Irina Bokova, during a meeting with a group of women parliamentarians, as part of the agenda of her visit to Angola she started on Wednesday.

She added that the fact that women are represented in Parliament by 40 percent and 25 percent in the Government shows their awakening in Africa, which is a sign of hope, not only for women but for the whole society.

To her, communities are stronger when women are better educated and fully participate in the social affairs.

Irina Bokova who is the first woman at the head of UNESCO, said women education is among her top priorities.

The UN official also mentioned the relevant role women have played in favour of peace and national reconciliation.

She recalled that all studies on the Millennium Development Goals stress the need for an urgent levelling between men and women.

For this reason, the official also spoke of the need for mechanisms to be put in place, particularly through education.

She also recalled that MPs play a relevant role as they draft laws that regulate the country's life.

The meeting was witnessed by the ministers of Education, Pinda Simão, Social Communication, Carolina Cerqueira and Culture, Rosa Cruz e Silva.

The UNESCO director has come to Angola to outline with the local authorities a programme of action in the areas of education, science, culture and social communication.