8 December 2008

Angola: Family Ministry Launches Project of Support to Gender Issues

Luanda — The Ministry of Family and Women Promotion (Minfamu) Monday here launched a project of support to gender issues in Angola aimed, among other goals, at improving the assistance to the victims of domestic violence and their protection.

With the presentation of the one-year long project, Minfamu and partners also intend to create a statistic database on the domestic violence in the country, improving the working conditions at counselling centres, as well as the professional training of personnel.

According to the international adviser for gender issues, Alcione Barros, one of the goals to be attained is the standardisation of performance of the centres countrywide and consequently satisfying the population.

She also said that other expected result is the approval of the law against domestic violence, whose draft Bill is being analysed by the Minfamu representatives from the country's 18 provinces and from the sectors like justice, National Police, health, education, NGOs and others.

The creation of database will also enable to assess the real situation of the problem, making a gender distinction of the victim, the number of denunciation, as well as the participation of women in decision making tasks.

All this work will culminate with the issuing of a statistic book on violence committed within family in Angola.

The project was presented during A national workshop for the discussion of draft law of domestic violence happening on 8-9 December in Luanda.

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