The first deputy speaker of the National Assembly Friday in Luanda appealed to the African authorities to mount their effort in the fight against the trafficking of women and children and sexual exploitation on the continent.
João Lourençco was addressing the opening of the colloquium held on the premises of the National Assembly (Angola Parliament), to celebrate the Africa Women Day, July 31.
To João Lourenço, "women must not be used for business, nor for cover-up for cultural and religious traditions, including genital mutilation of girls as it happens in some African countries."
The Angolan MP also said that women should not be discriminated over gender as they are today present in politics, science and culture around the continent.
The African Women Day was instituted on 31 July 1962, in Dar-es-Salam, Tanzânia, by 14 countries and eight national liberation movements, during the African Women Conference.
The colloquium was attended by MPs, church officials and representatives of the diplomatic corps accredited to Angola.