Luanda — Angola’s First Lady Ana Dias Lourenço Tuesday spoke of the need to pay greater attention to women and girls in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to, protecting them from the effects of the economic effects of COVID-19.
First Lady Lourenço made the appeal at the SADC Virtual First Ladies Summit, which was themed “The Impact of Covid-19 in the SADC region – How recovery can be a gender responsibility”.
She highlighted the need to mobilise resources for implementation of actions that favour women and girls in strategies for recovery of economies in the region.
According to her, COVID-19 tested human capacity for tolerance and survival, and had resulted in high school dropout rates in addition to the pandemic’s physical and mental effects.
In the particular case of Angola, First Lady Lourenço highlighted actions taken by the government to protect the most vulnerable populations – such as women, girls, the elderly, the chronically ill, health professionals and informal workers – to reduce the impact of COVID-19.
The First Ladies Summit took place on the sidelines of the 41st Ordinary Summit of SADC Heads of State and Government in Lilongwe, Malawi.
Angola was represented at the event by a delegation headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Téte António. – ANGOP