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The wife of the President of Mozambique, Isaura Nyusi, was yesterday elected to represent the continent’s southern region on the steering committee of the Organisation of First Ladies of Africa for Development (OAFLAD) for the period 2019-2022.
In this capacity, the First Lady of Mozambique will work with Auxília Mnangagwa, wife of President of Zimbabwe Emmerson Mnangagwa.
Isaura Nyusi’s election means that Mozambique is assuming a position on the OAFLAD governing body for the first time since becoming a member 17 years ago.
The election took place during the XXIII Ordinary General Assembly of the organisation in Niamey, capital of Niger, where the extraordinary African Union Heads of State and Government summit the is also taking place.
Addressing the assembly, Isaura Nyusi defended the need for the organisation’s governing body to be based not on regional or linguistic criteria, but on the qualities, skills and contributions that members can bring to the functioning of the organ.
OAFLAD was created, among other goals, to contain HIV/Aids, end premarital marriage, improve maternal and child health services, and promote empowerment among women.
The meeting also elected the first ladies of Congo Brazaville, Antoinette Sassou Nguesso, and Zimbabwe, Auxília Mnangagwa, to the posts of president and vice-president of OAFLAD respectively.
The OAFLAD steering committee will also include the first ladies of Kenya and Rwanda for East Africa, Sierra Leone and Niger (West Africa), and Congo Brazzaville and Burundi (Central Africa).
Members of the steering committee drive the mandate of the organisation and oversee it affairs. They represent OAFLAD and ensure its promotion in their respective regions. The steering committee is also in charge of implementing the decisions of the General Assembly.
The XXIII OAFLAD Ordinary General Assembly took place under the motto “Collaborating to Transform Africa, Addressing the Needs of Vulnerable Populations”, at the initiative of the wife of the President of the Republic of Niger.
To strengthen the operations of OAFLAD, the First Ladies agreed that approved strategies regarding collection of membership fee arrears should be strictly implemented to give the organisation a strong financial base.Source: Noticias / Capital FM
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