CPLP Network of Parliamentary Women Meeting opens

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea is hosting the meeting of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Network of Parliamentary Women Meeting. The opening ceremony, led by the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono, took place on 13th May at the International Palace of Conferences in Sipopo.

This is the first time that Equatorial Guinea has hosted the meeting of the CPLP Network of Parliamentary Women Meeting since it joined the international organisation formed by the Portuguese speaking countries: Brazil, Portugal, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Angola, Guinea Bissau, SAPound o Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea and East Timor.

It was founded in 1996, and in 2014 Equatorial Guinea was accepted as a full member of the international organisation, the aim of which is to promote good governability, democracy, gender equality and women’s’ autonomy, the eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, universal education, a reduction in infant mortality and an increase in maternal health, the fight against HIV/AIDS, malaria and other illnesses, a guarantee for environmental sustainability, the harmonisation of policy and diplomacy among member countries, and the promotion of a global association for development, among others.

The opening ceremony, which began with words of welcome from the first deputy mayor from Malabo City Hall, Purificacion Envo Bela, representing the mayoress, featured a speech from the president of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries Network of Parliamentary Women, Georgina Maria Duarte Gemie, who, in addition to thanking the Parliament for the hospitality reserved for the delegations attending the forum, also pointed out the functioning and aims proposed by the institution, and presented the projects to be implemented in the short, medium and long tern within the framework of CPLP inter-parliamentary cooperation, and hoped that the issues pending from the last meeting which was recently held in Cape Verde would be fully covered at this forum.

Her presentation was followed by a speech from the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Gaudencio Mohaba Messu, who pointed out the progressive representation of women in the upper and lower chamber, with the aim of achieving equal gender participation, considering women as active agents in the development of the country.

He also affirmed that the organisation of this meeting confirms the political will of the Head of State, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, in his firm conviction regarding our country’s membership of the CPLP.

The opening ceremony concluded with a group photograph.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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