- Friday, December 12, 2014 3:01 PM
Skopje, 12 December 2014 (MIA) – Women were active at every level in the National Liberation War and therefore they should hold their heads high. A myriad of people had survived the war because of the women, said Todor Atanasovski – president of the Association of WWII Veterans.
At an event commemorating the 70th anniversary of the First Main Conference of the Women’s Anti-fascist Front of Macedonia (AFZ), Atanasovski said women in the Macedonian national army from 1941 to 1945 were active in all positions where war had been waged, both in frontlines and in the organized national front.
“Women are not only a resource, but they are also active participants in the national liberation war. Many people who had survived the war should thank the women for that. While we were fighting armed with weapons on the front, women with their first aid bags were in the frontlines with no weapons… Many wounded soldiers had survived only after being treated by them,” Atanasovski stated.
The conference aims at reminding people about some important moments from the past that can be useful in paving the way with more confidence in the future, according to Vera Bundevska of the Board of the WWII Veterans’ Association.
The 70th jubilee of the conference, where gender equality in Macedonia was defined and certified for the first time, is associated with the observance of the International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10).
The First Main Conference of the Women’s Anti-fascist Front of Macedonia was preceded by the first session of the Anti-fascist Assembly for the National Liberation of Macedonia (ASNOM), considered a milestone for women’s rights due to the adoption of the Declaration on the Basic Rights of the Citizens, which guaranteed gender equality in the country amongst other things. ba/14:52
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