The Chairperson of the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael indicated that in the past years of independence the union has strengthened its organizational capacity and registered an encouraging outcome focusing on youth.
Asmara, 16 May 2016- The Chairperson of the National Union of Eritrean Women (NUEW), Ms. Tekea Tesfamicael indicated that in the past years of independence the union has strengthened its organizational capacity and registered an encouraging outcome focusing on youth.
In an interview she conducted with ERINA in connection with the 25th Silver Jubilee Independence Day anniversary, Mrs. Tekea pointed out that the union has cherished the precious values of the people’s front as a springboard for strengthening the organizational capacity of women in general and that of youth women in particular.
Accordingly, the number of members of the union is increasing by 6% annually and yet more efforts need to be exerted so as to upgrade the society’s awareness regarding the gender equality.
Noting that vigorous efforts have been exerted since 2005 to abolish harmful customary practices and traditions, Mrs. Tekea indicated that the proclamation No. 158/2007 ratified in 2007 to ban FGM in Eritrea once and for all was one of the vivid demonstrations of the union’s effort to this end. Likewise, significant progress has been achieved in collaboration with stakeholders in promoting sensitization campaigns in remote areas in a bid to eradicate underage marriage, female circumcision and reduce mother and child mortality rate.
Mrs. Tekea also underlined that in the past years of independence, the union has participated in a number of regional and international conferences and has been able to obtain and share experiences with other countries. The opportunity was a win-win situation for Eritrea to reflect the correct image of Eritrean women.
Trainings and credit programs have been offered to women in remote areas aimed at enabling the women become self supportive, she further said.
Finally, the president of the NUEW called on Eritrean women to make good use of the opportunities offered to them and reinforce participation in the national development programs.