Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda equated the struggle for equality between men and women with the fight against racism, in his opening speech at an African Women's Conference in Lusaka.
LV INTERIOR Women including delegates from Upper Volta, Uganda and Zaire seated in conference hall in Lusaka
CU President Kenneth Kaunda speaking in English
CU President Kaunda pauses for crying child (2 shots)
SV AND CU Women taking notes as President continues speech (2 shots)
SV Women applaud
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: KAUNDA: "We support the liberation struggle in Southern Africa out of a deep conviction, out of a deep conviction and belief in justice and freedom for all mankind. This conference has been convened to discuss a subject which is akin to the struggle being waged in this part of our continent. The quest for equality of the sexes has definite similarities, has definite similarities with the fight for racial equality, for finding a common expression in the demand for social justice, equity and basic human rights.
I hope the child who is crying is a boy. Comrades, we in this part of Africa, with the assistance, with the assistance of the rest of our African brothers and sisters and the progressive international community of which you are the sub-regions, are waging a fierce battle. A battle to rid Southern Africa of the exploitative vestiges of exploitative international capitalism and its offshoots of imperialism, colonialism, neo-colonialism, Zionism, fascism and racism. As we, however, continue to wage our just struggle against these evilism's, Comrade chairpersons, we should not lose sight of another important, or equally important battlefront. This is the fight against poverty and the issues of hunger, ignorance, disease, corruption, crime, and above all the exploitation of man by man."
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Background: Zambia's President Kenneth Kaunda equated the struggle for equality between men and women with the fight against racism, in his opening speech at an African Women's Conference in Lusaka. President Kaunda called for a continued fight against all sources of injustice in Souther Africa and said that the fight against sexism had many similarities with the battle against racial discrimination.
SYNOPSIS: Zambian's President Kenneth kaunda made the opening address at the conference.