Former liberation struggle women advocate for inclusion

21 Nov 2018 16:30pm
WINDHOEK, 21 NOV (NAMPA) – Women of Former Liberation Movements in Southern Africa (FLMSA) are advocating for inclusion in the development agenda of their countries.
This was the view of Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) Secretary of Women’s Affairs and President of Senate, Mabel Chinomona in an interview with Nampa on the sidelines of the seventh meeting of Secretaries of Wings of FLMSA in Windhoek on Tuesday.
FLMSA is an association of six ruling political parties from South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Tanzania which were involved in the nationalist movements of southern Africa.
Chinomona said history should not be forgotten that women took part in the liberation struggle and therefore should be in position equal to their male counterparts.
“As independent countries, we need to keep commemorating the history of liberation struggles in order to lead the way of including gender equality in the developmental struggle,” she said.
Swapo Party Women’s Council Secretary, Eunice Iipinge shared the same sentiment at the event, adding that the meeting aims to assess challenges faced by women and adopt new recommendations as shared amongst countries by former liberation movements.
Iipinge noted that FLMSA also seeks reference and links with other international women organisations in the contest of women equality.
“The aim is to find solutions of gender equality in order to maintain peace between women and men, knowing that during the liberation struggle, both genders fought for independence,” she said.
Iipinge said the association expresses solidarity among themselves and with women who are currently living in war prone countries such as Palestine, Syria and Yemen.
The five-day event was officially opened by Prime Minister Saara Kuugongelwa-Amadhila.