VIII Congress of the National Union of Saharawi Women (NUSW)
PUSL.- The VIII Congress of the National Union of Saharawi Women (NUSW), which took place in the wilaya of Ausserd in the Saharawi refugee camps, on February 23-25, under the theme “Together we march towards victory and liberation” was a platform to raise awareness of the Saharawi cause and to inform foreign participants about the experience of the Saharawi State in various fields.
The participants discussed the strategy and policy for the work of the Union for the next four years, as well as the election of a new Secretary General and members of the Executive Board.
A large number of foreign delegations participated from Africa, Europe and Latin America, including Spain, Italy, Cuba, Namibia, South Africa, India, Mozambique, Portugal, Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Brazil, Mexico, delegates from Arab countries such as Egypt and Syria and delegates from various international women’s organizations, such as the International Women’s Federation, the International Women’s March, the Portuguese Democratic Women’s Movement and the Madrid Women’s Network.
The foreign delegations expressed their support and solidarity with the Saharawi people and their right to self-determination and independence and welcomed the peaceful struggle of women in the occupied territories of the Sahara, southern Morocco and refugee camps, condemning the repression against Saharawi women and blockade of the media by the Moroccan occupation forces.
During his opening speech, the President of the Republic and Secretary-General of the Polisario Front, Brahim Ghali, stressed that the Saharawi women give “a great contribution to the process of building the institutions of the Saharawi State in all vital sectors, such as education, health, administration and others, “despite the difficult conditions imposed by the Moroccan military invasion and exile.
The President recalled the dark date of 18 February 1976 in the history of the Saharawi people, which saw a “flood of napalm and white phosphorus, internationally prohibited weapons launched by the Royal Air Force of Morocco against hundreds of helpless Sahrawi women, children and elders in the region of Oumdreiga.
The new directorate of the National Union of Saharawi Women, headed by the new secretary general of the organization, Minetu Larabas Suedà, is composed of regional secretaries-general (in refugee camps):
– Wilaya de Dajla: SG. Mariam Chej Mohamed
– Wilya from Smara: SG. Enguilla Salem Daf
– Wilya from Auserd: SG. Sidiya Hafed
– Wilya from Aaiun: SG. Tachla Bachri
– Wilya de Bojador: SG. Fatma Elgalia
Members of the NUSW Executive Bureau:
– Raabub Barca.
– Chàba Seini
– Dih Mohamed Chadad
– Mul-la Beiba Saleh
– Emeimha Salimeya
– Nayat Haya
– Nan-na Labàt Rachid
– Nura Ban-na Ba`ha
– Fatimetu Hasan-na Brahim
– Mahyuba Mohamed Saleh