The 7th Congress of the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) opened today at Asmara Palace Hotel in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, senior Government and PFDJ officials, as well as invited guests.
Asmara, 15 September 2014 – The 7th Congress of the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW) opened today at Asmara Palace Hotel in the presence of President Isaias Afwerki, senior Government and PFDJ officials, as well as invited guests.
Speaking at the opening session, Ms. Leul Gebreab, Chairperson of the NUEW, outlined the struggle that Eritrean women waged for independence alongside their male counterparts. In this connection, she underscored the great heritage that Eritrean women inherited from such struggle which constituted a vital weapon in the nation-building process.
Stating that the NUEW groups over 300 thousand members, the NUEW Chairperson explained that the present Congress would review the challenges and achievements of the Union over the past 10 years.
In salient remarks he made at the Congress, President Isaias underlined the laudable role that Eritrean women played in the liberation struggle. He further emphasized that the role of women in the past, today and the future needs to be reinforced as a vital asset. He went on to underscore that Eritrean women need to live up to expectations in endeavors to build a strong and prosperous nation.
Also speaking at the opening session, the Chairperson of the Congress’s Preparatory Committee, Ms. Azeb Birhane, expressed appreciation for the parties that made significant input to the holding of the Congress.
Messages of solidarity were conveyed during the opening session by representatives of the National Confederation of Eritrean Workers, the National Union of Eritrean Youths and Students, the General Association of Sudanese Women, representatives of women’s unions from South Africa, the PRC, Zimbabwe and Tanzania, as well as on behalf of the United Nations.