President Eyadema addressed a crowd of women in Lome on Saturday (31 Duly) following a procession through the Togolese capital to mark African Women's Day.
President Eyadema addressed a crowd of women in Lome on Saturday (31 Duly) following a procession through the Togolese capital to mark African Women's Day. The procession passed through the centre of Lome and many of the marchers carried banners which described the importance of the women's role.
SYNOPSIS: Much of Africa celebrated African Women's Day on Saturday and Togo was no exception. In Lome, the capital city, hundreds of women marched and sang in a large procession which wound its way through the centre of town.
Many banners were visible above the marchers' heads. Celebrations leading up to Saturday's events had been taking place throughout the country for more than a week before.
The women who took part in the procession came from all over Togo.
The banners referred to the importance of women in the country's society, saying "long live African women", "educating women is educating the nation" and other similar sentiments.
Among the first to speak was Mme. Marie Sivomey, Mayor of Lome. She spoke of the new position of the women of Togo.
Then Mme. Regime Gbedey spoke. She read a motion presented by President Eyadema. The motion reaffirmed his intentions to give women a role of greater significance.
Public and Social Affairs Minister Lombony also spoke.
Under the watchful eyes of his security men, President Eyadema addressed the crowd and other dignitaries. He told the women of their importance in Togolese society. He stressed the value of new education programmes designed to teach women a variety of skills.