Amparo Mele Colifa speaks at the Security Council in favor of the women of Afghanistan

Permanent Mission of Equatorial Guinea to the United Nations , Thu, Mar 8, 2018

by José Enzeñ Obiang and Ester Mbomio Lagar

Covered by the group of Equatorial Guinean women who perform their duties in correspondence to the presidential decree to reinforce the work of the Security Council, and seconded by the Ambassadors, Anatolio Ndong Mba and Job Obiang Esono Mbengono, Amparo Mele Colifa has commenced his speech congratulating to the Netherlands for the initiative of convening the debate by the United Nations Assistance Mission (UNAMA) on Afghanistan, on such an important day as March 8, International Women's Day. "A day that motivates me on behalf of the Government of my country in favor of the women of Afghanistan, to launch a Message to all the Governments and Leaders of the World, and especially to the Afghan Government, in the following terms: if We Can Be here today, they, women, Afghanistan, can also, "said the Deputy Ambassador.

Having also recognized the work carried out by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan as head of the UNAMA Mission in the same country, Mele Kolifa has stated that by celebrating March 8, an important day for all women of the world, insofar as it is geared towards achieving gender equality, and empowering women and girls, there is an opportunity to transform momentum into action, with the aim of empowering women in all contexts , and above all to pay tribute to the activists who work tirelessly, defending the rights of women and encouraging women to develop fully.

"The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, in supporting the renewal of the mandate of UNAMA, firmly recognizes and appreciates in its fair value, the crucial role played by this Assistance Mission and by all UN agencies in supporting the Afghan people regarding the promoting peace and reconciliation, monitoring and promoting human rights, as well as helping to improve the credibility, integrity, inclusion and sustainability of electoral processes, "he said at another point in his speech.

The representative of Equatorial Guinea at that meeting also referred to the report that reveals that the number of civilians who have lost their lives has been reduced by 9% compared to 2016; and despite this, added Mele Colifa, Equatorial Guinea is concerned because it continues to observe some chilling figures of civilians killed and injured during 2017, including so far in 2018.

Having indicated other aspects of concern to our country regarding the situation in Afghanistan, such as the increase in sexual and gender-based violence, the Deputy Ambassador ended by making it clear that the Government of Equatorial Guinea welcomes the continued efforts of the Government of Afghanistan to seek the necessary strategies to end the violence, and to forge sustainable peace.

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