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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:46 - Updated Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:50

Switzerland: MP Carolina Cerqueira highlights gender equality at IPU gathering

Geneva - Angolan MP Carolina Cerqueira said last Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland, that the recognition of women?s rights and gender equality is an essential matter for the materialisation of the fundamental values enshrined in the Constitution of Angola.

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Angolan MP Carolina Cerqueira

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Speaking at the 131st Session of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Carolina Cerqueira stated that the Angolan National Assembly has developed several initiatives to materialise such goals as the incorporation of gender in the functioning and organisation of the Parliament.

The head of the Angolan delegation at the IPU gathering stressed that “The Republic of Angola is committed to materialising the premises relating to the strengthening of the state’s sensibility towards gender issues".

She revealed that current studies show that Angola is among the top ten countries with the highest number of female participation in decision-making organs, adding that for the Angolan Parliament the figure is 37 per cent.

She went on to say that it is visible the commitment of Angola to the promotion of gender equity, mentioning as example legislative initiatives turned to the protection and promotion of gender equity, the approval of the Law on Domestic Violence, and the Law on Political parties which has a mandatory provision of female representation not below 30 per cent of women for all political organisations.   

She also pointed out the approval of the National Policy for Gender Equality and the Strategy to Implement the National Plan on Family Action as some of the tools adopted by the Angolan Executive towards the promotion of equality and empowerment of women.

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