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Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi on Saturday praised the courage and determination of the 25 women who founded the Women’s Detachment of the guerrilla army of the Mozambique Liberation Front (Frelimo) exactly 50 years ago, on 4 March 1967.
Addressing a ceremony in Maputo celebrating the anniversary, Nyusi described the Women’s Detachment (DF) as an expression of the unequivocal determination of women to take part in the construction of the country.
The women of the DF, he said, cleared the path for the affirmation of a society free of discrimination based on gender, where there would be equal opportunities for all before the law.
The founders of the DF, he continued, had faced and defeated those voices who opposed the inclusion of women in the national liberation struggle. The best way of honouring their sacrifices was to continue to work for a society of equality between men and women.
“The Women’s Detachment was the prelude to a broad front for the emancipation of Mozambican women”, said Nyusi. “These women dedicated their lives to ensuring that Mozambique would be free of the colonial yoke. That is why, 50 years later, we pay homage to the women of the DF, for bearing privations during the liberation struggle, and, above all, for overcoming those privations”
All Mozambicans, he added, are called upon to make the dreams of those women their own dreams.
The ideals that inspired the women of the DF, said the President, continue to inspire the women of today. “We are profoundly grateful to you for your determination, for your honesty, and for the example of heroism which you set for the Mozambican people, and particularly for the youths of today and tomorrow”, he declared.
Nyusi pledged that his government will continue to prioritise gender equality, and reaffirmed his undertaking to continue working for the consolidation of peace, national unity and social well-being.
He reiterated his invitation to all Mozambicans to advance together in the search for lasting peace and tranquility, for sustainable development, and for a social and political environment in which everyone can make Mozambique their own house, where they can live, work and prosper.Source: AIM