ANGOLA: Family Minister Calls for Gender Balance in Access to Education

Saturday, May 15, 2010
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The minister of Family and Women Promotion, Genoveva Lino, this Saturday in eastern Moxico province urged the Angolan society to introduce changes in the education of their children regarding their access to school, especially for girls.

Speaking during the main event marking the International Day of Families, May 15, Genoveva Lino said that this inequality within families should be stamped out, because both men and women should enjoy the same rights.

The minister recognised that there is still much to be done to overcome problems such as poverty, domestic violence, recover of the ethical moral and cultural values, illiteracy, especially among women, by improving sexual and reproductive health, promoting gender equality and strengthening of family responsibilities.

The date was established in 1993 by the UN as a way to pay particular attention to family issues.

The meeting brought together representatives from national departments of the aforesaid ministry, local government and from provinces of Luanda and Benguela.