More effort needed to empower women: Djibouti's 1st lady

Djibouti's first lady, Hadra Mohamoud Hade, has called for redoubling efforts to empower women in the small Horn of Africa country.

More effort needed to empower women: Djibouti's 1st lady
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 Djibouti's first lady, Hadra Mohamoud Hade, has called for redoubling efforts to empower women in the small Horn of Africa country.

In an exclusive interview with The Anadolu Agency, the first lady said women had always been a pillar of the country.

"They have always been at the forefront of all our struggles of our nation; besides, they are the ones who take care of the whole family and shoulder all the burdens," she said.

"Currently we are trying to lessen their burdens as much as possible through the [state-run] National Union of Women of Djibouti," she added.

She said the council was providing counseling services to Djiboutian women subject to domestic violence and leading the campaign against female genital mutilation.

"And with regards to the physically impaired, we have now set up a school for hearing-impaired children; and in 2011, we established an orphanage specifically designed for abandoned babies," she said.

"We also provide training for girls who have dropped out of school to enable them to become self-supportive and help them continue attending class," she said.

The first lady, however, said much remained to be done to empower women in Djibouti.

"I wish every Djiboutian lives in peace. It is my desire to see more… peace and stability in Djibouti. Not only this, but I have aspirations to eradicate poverty and eliminate illiteracy," she asserted.

"I hope our women continue taking part in building tomorrow's Djibouti by taking part in all development activities," she added.

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