Angolan and Cuban women share experiences

Luanda, Dec 10 (Prensa Latina) The promotion of the rights of Angolan women is a hard struggle, although with gradual progress, said the leader of the largest women’s organization in the country, Luzia Ingles Van-Dunem.

In exchange of experiences with the General Secretary of the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC), Teresa Amarelle Boue, the outstanding fighter characterized the priorities of the Organization of Angolan Women (OMA), belonging to the MPLA party.

Founded in 1962, the WCO currently has more than two million affiliates; that is, we are 51 percent of the total militants of the Popular Movement of Liberation of Angola (MPLA), Van-Dunem appreciated.

Quite often, we ‘lose’ our top officials, she said jokingly: ‘Our companions, she said, are promoted to positions in the National Assembly (parliament), the Executive and other institutions, and that makes us happy because it is for the country’s benefit.’

The current vice president of the MPLA, Luisa Damiao, was a member of the WCO, she exemplified. In addition, 30 percent of the members of the Political Bureau of our party are women and in parliament they occupy 34 percent of the seats won by the organization.

However, Van-Dunem, who is also the vice president for Africa of the International Democratic Federation of Women, said that still Angolans, including girls and young people, are among the most vulnerable social sectors due to poverty, school dropout, illiteracy and domestic violence.

For her part, the visiting FMC leader highlighted the coincidence of visions with the WCO about the need to continue fighting for the empowerment of women, gender equity and social justice.

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