Celebrating International Women’s Day is a call for human race to come together and stand shoulder to shoulder to bring women's struggle since antiquity, in its modern form from the women suffrage movement of the early 19th century to the present day to victory. It is when we work together for the common good that we can end the inequality and close the gap.
Eritrean women remain a role model to many oppressed women around the World. The NUEW officially joined the international community since the independence of Eritrean 1991 but its struggle goes decades before that. Since the beginning it has been actively pursuing equal justice for all women and society at large. Eritrean women are battle-tested, experienced, and determined than ever in tackling this and closing the gender equality gap. They understand well that women’s right is a human right, but they also see that women’s right cannot be taken in isolation but as part of a societal right as a whole and that's why they fought hard to liberate their people from foreign occupation.
Born in 1979 as a mass organization of the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF), the National Union Eritrean Woman, is now an organization playing a crucial role in the political, social and economic empowerment of women in post-independence Eritrea. So far the NUEW has scored many major victories and it remains at the forefront of the continuing struggle for achieving even better gender parity and equity in Eritrea.
During the 30 years war for independence about a third of the Eritrean People's Liberation Army members were women. In that bitter struggle Eritrean women were front and center of the struggle. Through their equal participation they proved that they were capable of doing anything their male comrades were capable of doing. In short there was no sphere of the struggle where women didn't play pivotal roles. Many Eritrean women were also the backbone of the EPLF mass organizations inside and outside Eritrea. Thanks to the sacrifices of these brave daughters of Eritrea, Eritrean society has been transformed.
Today thirty percent (30%) of national, regional and local assembly seats are reserved for women. Women also have the opportunity to compete for the remaining 70% of the seats. As a result of this progressive policy the NUEW continues to register a noticeable change. In addition, the NUEW has also registered a significant progress towards achieving the Beijing and UN millennium ahead of many of African countries.
The NUEW also continues to consolidate and expand its chapters in the Diaspora, and is encouraging members to close the gap between the women in the homeland and the diaspora, to integrate skills, to render their know how and expertise to their fellow Eritreans.
Please join us;-
International Women's Day in Manchester UK
@ 39 Varley Street, Miles Platting
Time:17;00 - 01:00
International Women's Day in London UK
@ 305 Camberwell New Road
London SE5 0TF
Date: 11th March 2017
Time: 17:00 - 12:30