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Notícias / U.K. High Commissioner to Mozambique Joanna Kuessnberg
The High Commissioner of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Joanna Kuessnberg, congratulated the President of the Republic, Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, and Renamo leader Afonso Dhlakama yesterday in Maputo on their courage and personal commitment to work together to put an end to military conflict.
Kuessnberg said everyone was waiting for a sustainable political solution and the UK was ready to help in any way it can. She said that history showed the importance of involving the whole society in peace processes.
Joanna Kuessnberg said that at the moment it was important for men and women to come together and work on preparations for the next elections and the presentation of inclusive manifestoes to ensure greater participation.
In a speech focused on women’s political and social participation, their role in the economy and in efforts towards peace and security, the High Commissioner indicated that in general, girls and women needed freedom to make their own choices as to what to study, how to spend their time, when and who to marry and how and where to work.
She stressed that women were fundamental to peace and citizenship.
“The United Nations Security Council recognises a crucial role for women in stability and security and encourages women’s greater involvement in conflict resolution,” she said.
On the political and social participation of women in Mozambique, Joanna Kuessnberg said that several women stood out and had made a significant contribution to the country’s public life. As examples, she named the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Verónica Nataniel Macamo Dlhovo, and the heads of the parliamentary benches of Frelimo, Margarida Talapa, and Renamo, Maria Ivone Soares, Attorney General Beatriz Buchili, social activist Graça Machel, former basketball player Clarisse Machanguana, singer Neyma, Drucila Meireles, who last year was nominated by Queen Elizabeth “Queen’s Young Leader” for her tireless efforts to promote women’s rights in the province of Manica, journalist Lucília Xavier and others.
The Minister for Gender, Children and Social Action, Cidália Chaúque, who represented the government at the ceremony, highlighted the fact that it took place at a unique moment in the history of the United Kingdom, where we see, on the one hand, a reprehensible repetition of terrorist attacks contrary to the designs of peace and peaceful coexistence between nations and, on the other, another exercise in the participatory democracy that the UK had pioneered in the world, with the holding of legislative elections that would define its destiny in the coming years.
She also welcomed the efforts that the president of the republic and the Renamo leader had made to restore lasting peace, security and stability in Mozambique, by promoting an inclusive dialogue with all national political players, bearing in mind that only with peace can Mozambicans hope for dignity, progress and prosperity.Source: Notícias