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The Honorable Filomena Viera Martins received by the Director General of WAI, February 14, 2019

Filomena MartinsThe Honorable Filomena Viera Martins, Member of the National Assembly of Cabo Verde and Vice-President of the Commission for Economic Policies, Private Sector and NEPAD at the Parliament of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) ), met the Director General of WAI on February 14, 2019 at the Institute's headquarters.

The visit was part of the new missions of the Honorable Filomena Viera Martins as President of the Network of ECOWAS Female Parliamentarians (ECOFEPA). Indeed, elected on December 3, 2018 in Abuja, Nigeria, as the first Lusophone Deputy to hold this position, the new ECOFEPA President officially took office on December 10, 2018.

Prof. Dr. Djénéba Traoré extended her warm congratulations to the Honorable Filomena Viera Martins and wished her the best of success in the implementation of her activity program while highlighting the personal commitment and the great intellectual skills that characterize her.

During the exchanges, the President of ECOFEPA addressed to WAI Director General an invitation to participate in the workshop of ECOWAS Women Parliamentarians which will be held at the beginning of March on the Island of Sal, in Cabo Verde, invitation that has been appreciated and accepted.

In the performance of her duties, the President of ECOFERA will be accompanied by an office composed of two Vice-Presidents, a Secretary General and a Treasurer.Filomena Martins 2

ECOFEPA carries out missions in the Member States independently or in partnership with UN-Women, the ECOWAS Center for Gender Development, based in Dakar (Senegal) and other networks and international organizations pursuing similar goals.

The new President, who is also a former Minister of Education of Cabo Verde, has placed the following three priorities at the center of her mandate:

1. Education and training of girls and women;

2. Fight against early marriage and forced marriage;

3. Eradication of female genital mutilation.

The visit ended with the expressed willingness of both parties to continue the dialogue.

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