On Tuesday 14th May there was a technical meeting of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) Network of Parliamentary Women, in the conference hall in Sipopo, following the opening ceremony on the work of the Parliamentary Assembly, aimed at covering the social issues included in the 2019-2020 Action Plan.
The Network of Parliamentary Women met to debate and try to find solutions to the various problems within the CPLP, such as violence and the exploitation of women and minors, prostitution, and sexually transmitted diseases, among other issues. Along these lines, they recommended a strengthening of awareness-raising campaigns in indigenous languages in order to facilitate understanding, which could reduce their spread to a large degree.
The meeting was moderated by the president of the Network of Parliamentary Women, Georgina Maria Duarte Gemie, and they also dealt with matters relating to the empowerment of women,m the elimination of discrimination, gender equality, and the creation of programmes to incentivise private initiatives for women.
During the meeting, the parliamentary women expressed their concerns based on complaints from citizens on the issue of violence against women, early pregnancy, and the indiscretion by some health officials in the handling and delivery of results of serological testing to patients. For that reason, the people’s representatives proposed that they urge those in charge of public health to employ professional ethics and standards when dealing with all sufferers, without establishing differences between infected patients.
Furthermore, the work will continue on Tuesday on a decisive day which it is hoped will culminate in the adoption of a document that will serve as a guide in order to achieve the proposed objectives for the 2019-2020 period.
Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office