11 February 2013

Angola to Defend Human Rights Position in Geneva

Luanda — The secretary of State for Family and Women Promotion, Ana Paula Sacramento, will defend soon in Geneva (Switzerland) the position of the Angolan State on human rights in the country.

This will be during a session of the United Nation's Committee tasked with assessing the observation of the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

A source from the Ministry of Family and Women Promotion told Angop that the position of the Angolan State is expressed in a periodical report that will be defended before the UN specialised organ.

The official said this is a normal, regular and periodical procedure that the said UN Committee exercises, taking into account the effective accomplishment of the recommendations made by the UN specialised commission.

The topics Angola will defend at the meeting include the country's constitutional, legislative and institutional framework and matters concerning the pending legal reform that has to do with the elimination of discriminatory laws.

Other matters that will be looked into have to do with the visibility of the Convention, the national mechanism for women promotion, elimination of stereotypes and damaging practices.

The list includes violence against women, trafficking and exploitation of prostitution, participation in decision-making and representation in world forums, marriage, family relations and others.

According to the source, the report that Angola will defend before the Committee includes an information and statistic data on the 2006-2010 period and relevant aspects relating to the conquests and progresses made in subsequent years.

"This exercice shows the political will and engagement of the State in the task of honouring the commitments taken toward he promotion and defence of the rights of women as a subject of rights," the source added.

The secretary of State for Family and Women Promotion will travel to Geneva on February 16 this year, at the head of a delegation.

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