The schedule of the accredited Equatorial Guinea Ambassador before the African Union on Addis Abeba, Crisantos Obama Ondo, began on 10th June with an audience granted to the Special Adviser Charged with Humanitarian Affairs, from UNAIDS, Mamadi Diakite.
The meeting, described as a courtesy meeting, served a a framework for dealing with questions relating to the rape and abuse suffered by women and girls, both in the refugee camps and in situations of conflict and post-conflict. Violence and sexual exploitation disproportionately increases the risk patterns for infection with HIV; women, teenagers and girls are the most affected groups in mass movements of populations.
UNAIDS calculates that in 2018, 34 million women of child-bearing age, including 5 million pregnant women, suffered prolonged violence, and that 60% of avoidable material deaths in humanitarian and conflict situations come to some 500 per day.
The ambassador, Crisantos Obama Ondo reported that Equatorial Guinea, in collaboration with the African Union, is preparing to organise an extraordinary summit for refugees, and that H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo is sparing no effort to address the most difficult questions affecting lives, and to create strategies and mechanisms which could help to eliminate violence and sexual exploitation in refugee camps.
Mamadi Diakite trusts in the dynamism of the Equatoguinean Head of State, and his capacity for leadership and humanitarian spirit that, will allow us to work in synergy in order to reduce the propagation of the HIV epidemic in refugee camps. The disproportionate burden of HIV and AIDS on women is one of the current obstacles and challenges for equality between genders and the empowerment of women”.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office