The debated during the 62nd period of sessions of the Commission on the Legal and Social Status of Women reached 15th March with the speech by the ministers for Social Affairs from United Nations member States.
Under the banner “Challenges and opportunities in achieving gender equality and empowerment of women”, the speakers pointed out the need that, when applied to the milestones already achieved, would help to drastically reduce the marginalisation that all rural women continue to face, according to the reports from pro gender equality organisations.
Amparo Mele Colifa, Third Deputy Permanent Representative before the UN, representing the new Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, first underlined the fact that the occasion invited reflection regarding the progress achieved, a demand for further change, and an evaluation of the struggle.
Then, she highlighted the need to work for the protection of women’s rights, and to accelerate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals within the framework of the UN Agenda 2030, and the2063 of the African Union (AU), with a view to achieving the empowerment of women and true gender equality, taking into account that in societies in developing countries, women play an essential role in the achievement of sustainable development. The process involves significant challenges, pointed out the deputy representative, who also stated that, in some sectors such as agriculture, the work of women was essential, although this was impeded as it was also women who supported families through hard work, while at the same time being the victims of social stereotyping.
In Equatorial Guinea, over 60% of women residing in rural areas live through agriculture, which still signifies subsistence agriculture, the excesses of which sometimes reach national markets. For that reason women still need the necessary resources and knowledge to raise production levels, in order to be able to supply national markets regularly and continuously, to be competitive at a subregional, regional and international level”, she added.
Mele Colifa did not want to finish without recognising the hard work done by the President of Equatorial Guinea, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has placed women as a true agent for change in the process of national socio-economic transformation, with a view to meeting the goals outlined in the Horizonte 2020 development strategy. The actions are backed by the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, who places Equatorial Guinea women and girls at the centre of her concerns, providing personal initiatives directed towards economic, social and cultural development in favour of the most vulnerable groups in Equatorial Guinea.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea