The United Nations Women's conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been told of the plight of black women living in Namibia and South Africa.
SV Secretary of Nigerian Women's Secretariat, Marvis Mhlapo, speaking in English to UN Women's Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark
MHLAPO: "Madam chairperson, distinguished delegates, I cannot end this address... I end this address without drawing attention to the serious plight of our sisters in certain parts of the world. I have particularly in mind the oppressed people of Namibia and South Africa, who live under the obnoxious policy of apartheid, practised by the racist South African Government. This policy has imposed severe forms of inhuman, economic, social and psychological burden on these women. I also draw attention to the problems of women refugees, all over the world, and to the special problems of Palestinian women resulting from the continuing...continuing tension in the Middle East. The Nigerian Govern has been in the forefront of liberation struggles in Africa. In this connection my delegation is gratified to see independent Zimbabwe step out and take her rightful place in the world affairs. I wish through you madam chairperson to extend our heartiest congratulations to the Zimbabwe delegation to this conference. It is our hope that their political independence will be quickly followed by rapid social and economic progress for their people, who suffer, who for so long suffered severe deprivation. Nigeria, has equally remained uncompromising in its belief in the right of self determination for the oppressed people of South Africa, Namibia, as well as the Palestinians in the Middle East. I feel particularly glad that these people will receive the special attention they richly deserve from this conference."
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Background: The United Nations Women's conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, has been told of the plight of black women living in Namibia and South Africa. Marvis Mhlapo, Secretary of the Nigerian Women's Secretariat, spoke of women's problems in an apartheid society.