MAPUTO,26March 2022–The Personal Envoy of the United Nations Secretary-General for Mozambique and President of Contact Group, Mirko Manzoni, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator and HumanitarianCoordinator for Mozambique, Myrta Kaulard, commend the Governmentof Mozambiquefor having achieved gender parity within the Council of Ministers, for the first time inthe country's history.
Last year on theMozambican Woman Dayat the Memorial ofthe Heroes,7 April 2021,H.E.President Filipe Nyusi made a promise to improve gender parity in all decisions making levels.One year later, achieving gender parity in the Council of Ministers is a historical milestone in making words come true andaunique way to celebrate the month of women. It isreflective of the wider work being done to promote gender equality and women’s empowermentat national level,includingthroughinvestment in girls’ education and in fighting gender-based violence.
By achieving gender parity among Ministers of State, Mozambique is leading by example on how to build a more peaceful, inclusive and resilient society.Itshows the world thatthe pandemic cannot be used as an excuse to putiton hold.Globally only about a fifth of Ministerial positions are held by women.Mozambique joins a group of only 14countries in achieving gender parity at this leveland thethird country in Africato have 50per centor more women in ministerial positions.
Achieving gender parity is a collectiveendeavor.The United Nationsreaffirms its fullcommitment in working together withMozambicaninstitutions and all parts of society to leverage on this landmark achievement towards gender parity at all levels. (Moz24h)