by José Enzeñ Obiang
With the main theme "challenges and opportunities to achieve gender equality and the empowerment of women", the speakers have pointed out the needs that applied to the achievements already achieved, would help to drastically reduce the marginalization that continues to suffer especially Rural women, according to the reports of gender equality organizations.
Amparo Mele Colifa, Third Deputy Permanent Representative of Equatorial Guinea to the UN, representing the new Minister of Social Affairs and Gender Equality, first underlined at the beginning of her speech that the occasion invites everyone to reflect on the progress achieved, ask for more changes and value the struggle for respect.
She then highlighted the need to work for the protection of women's rights, as well as to accelerate the achievement of the objectives of sustainable development within the framework of the 2030 agenda of the UN, and the 2063 of the African Union, with a view to to achieve the empowerment of women and true gender equality; Bearing in mind that in societies of developing countries, women play a fundamental role in achieving sustainable development. Process during which it faces important challenges, pointed out the Deputy Ambassador, who at another time has highlighted sectors such as agriculture, where the work of women is essential, although it is slowed down as she is the one that sustains families with their hard work , being at the same time victim of social stereotypes.
"In Equatorial Guinea, more than 60% of women living in rural areas live off agriculture, which is still characterized as subsistence agriculture, whose surpluses are sometimes taken to national markets. Therefore, women still need the resources and knowledge necessary to raise their level of production in order to be able to supply national markets on a regular and continuous basis, in order to be competitive at sub-regional, regional and international levels, "he added. spokesman of the Equatorial Guinean delegation in the hemicycle.
Mele Colifa did not want to conclude without first recognizing the hard work carried out by the President of Equatorial Guinea, HE Obiang Nguema mbasogo, who, as he has stressed, places women as a true actor of change in the process of social and economic change national, with a view to achieving the objectives set in the horizon 2020 development strategy, and the objectives for sustainable development contained in the 2030 agenda. Actions seconded by the first lady of the nation Mrs. Constancia Mangue de Obiang, who puts in the center of its concerns to the Equatorial Guinean woman and girl, fostering personal initiatives aimed at promoting economic, social and cultural development in favor of the most vulnerable groups in Equatorial Guinea.
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