18 February 2013

Angola: Living Conditions of Angolan Population Improved - UN

Geneva — The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navy Pillay, acknowledged Monday in Geneva, Switzerland, the efforts of the Angolan government toward economic field and improving the living conditions of the population.

During an audience granted to the Secretary of State for Family and Women Promotion, Ana Paula Sacramento, the UN official welcomed Angola for going beyond the goal set by SADC protocol.

SADC set the goal of 30 percent in representation of women in decision-making organs and posts in the politics and economic situation of the country, taking into account the policies adopted in the field of social security.

She took notice of the decision by the Angolan government regarding her visit to Angola, whose dates will be agreed later.

However, the official expressed concern over allegations of sexual violence and some incidents linked to arbitrary arrests and mistreatment, based on information that has come to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

In her turn, the Secretary of State for the Family and Women Promotion informed the High Commissioner the process around the drafting and adoption of the Law against Domestic violence in Angola, as well as women's participation in the political process.

She also presented the partnership project between the Angolan government and the United Nations Fund for Population on the issue of combating violence against women and girls.

Angola will submit on Wednesday its sixth report on the implementation of the agreement, a normal, regular and periodic procedure that the UN Committee has on all States Parties, taking into account the effective implementation of the recommendations made by this UN committee.

Angola is attending since Monday the 54th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

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