Involving women’s empowerment in Angola

The beneficiaries of the project made reference of what changed in their lives during this first phase in Bie - Credit: Magdala/UNDP

After a full year of implementation of the project promoting Angolan women through Civil Society Organizations, now was the time to check the results with some field visits in two beneficiary provinces, Bié and Huambo.

These visits enabled the partners of the project including the Norwegian Embassy in Luanda, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Evangelical Congregational church of Angola (IECA), to clearly see and understand the concerns and challenges that occurred during this first phase.

This project contributed to the empowerment of Angolan women, enhancing knowledge and enabling them to exercise their political, social and economic rights in society.

The municipalities of Chicala Choloanga, Cachiungo and Dondi were visited in the province of Huambo. Courtesy meetings were held with municipal administrators, except in Dondi. The municipal administrators praised the benefits that women in the region have achieved thanks to the project.

They met with the beneficiaries of the project, and thanked them for this initiative, which has helped them to learn to read and to write. In time, they also hope to attract younger women to pursue studies; at the time being, some ladies still prefer to invest in vocational classes rather than literacy classes.

Highligth

  • This project contributed to the empowerment of Angolan women, enhancing knowledge and enabling them to exercise their political, social and economic rights in society.
  • The municipal administrators praised the benefits that women in the region have achieved thanks to the project.

The municipalities of Chinguar and Kunhinga were visited in the province of Bie. The Deputy Administrator of the municipality of Kunhinga, José António Ndandula, said that this project has been investing in the literacy of farmers at a good pace. The city is well known for its agricultural potential; those who can read and write can expand their fams and better manage them for increased crops. During the visits, the beneficiaries of Kunhinga gathered in lectures and discussions related to Human Right and Social Ethics.

The city is well known for its agricultural potential; those who can read and write can expand their fams and better manage them for increased crops. During the visits, the beneficiaries of Kunhinga gathered in lectures and discussions related to Human Right and Social Ethics.

Another municipality was visited in Bie, Chinguar, where people hope that the project would continue to support and help the community.

Promoção da Mulher Angolana através das Organizações da Sociedade Civil project concludes its first phase which focused on the social and economic rights that contribute to women’s empowerment with the conviction that it is a work in progress since they are few national policies related to women and gender.