Maputo — Mozambican First Lady, Maria da Luz Guebuza, on Saturday night dedicated a prize she was awarded as “Woman Personality of the Year 2013” to the entire Mozambican people “for never vacillating in the tough battle against poverty”.
In the US city of Atlanta, Guebuza received a trophy symbolising the prize awarded by the African Women in Leadership Organisation (AWLO) at the end of the sixth conference of this institution.
The prize was awarded in recognition of Maria Guebuza's work for social well-being, particularly of women, children and the elderly.
“It's a matter of great pride for the Mozambican people”, she said. “All that we do is the result of the teachings of this marvelous people. For this, I dedicate this prize to all Mozambicans who day after day battle with us for the welfare of society”.
Guebuza, who chaired the AWLO conference, declared that the prize also signified a commitment to continual work until Mozambique, Africa and the world achieve the desired harmony and social peace.
With this prize, she stressed, she was once again accepting “that we must redouble our efforts so that no child is left out of school or has to attend classes on an empty stomach”.
At the same ceremony, Maria Guebuza received the key to the State of Georgia, where the local Senate has awarded her the status of an honorary citizen and goodwill ambassador.
Drawing up a preliminary balance sheet of the ten years in which she has worked as First Lady, she told a press conference there was a feeling of “mission accomplished”, although many challenges still remained. “I feel fulfilled by what I have done”, she said. “But I am aware there is still a lot of work ahead of us. There are still many children, women and old people living in miserable conditions”.
Asked what she will do after she ceases to be First Lady, Guebuza said she would answer that question at an appropriate moment - but added that any citizen can make a contribution to the good of the nation.
“Mozambique needs all of us so that the country can continue to be a reference point for good practices internationally”, she declared.
Georgia State Senator Donzella James praised Maria Guebuza as “a very wonderful women who knows what leadership is and how to transmit to others what she knows. I have learnt a great deal from her over the three days of this conference”.