Director for Social Affairs speaks a6 63rd period of sessions on Legal and Social Condition of Women

Margarita Esono Nguema attended the work of the 63rd period of sessions on the Legal and Social Condition of Women, which are taking place until 22nd March at the United Nations headquarters, in New York. The Director General for Social Affairs presented the achievements of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea with respect to equality of opportunities between men and women.

The 63rd period of sessions on the Legal and Social Condition of Women is continuing with the presentation of programmes by delegations from the five continents, in order to establish a solid mechanism leading to the absolute empowerment of women in all social contexts.

Along those lines, the Director General for Social Affairs highlighted the progress made in recent years thanks to the efforts of the Government of Equatorial Guinea and its President, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, with respect to the consideration of women in the socio-occupational sphere.

She was accompanied by deputy representatives, Job Obiang Esono and Amparo Mele Colifa, together with Susana Edjang Mangue, among other figures from the diplomatic mission.

Esono Nguema first underlined that the Basic Law in Equatorial Guinea recognises gender equality and actively promotes the participation of women in all sectors. She then highlighted the involvement of the Head of State who, together with his Government, places the Equatoguinean woman as a real player in bringing about change in the process of socio-economic development in the country, with a view to achieving the aims outlined in the national development strategy Horizonte 2020, with a focus aimed at the empowerment of women and girls; not forgetting the unconditional support of the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, for all vulnerable layers.

Before conducing her speech, Esono Nguema also mentioned the support from the Government with respect to gender parity in relation to education, pointing out that in 2003, Equatorial Guinea was the first Central African country to adopt a national development plan: Education for All, focussed mainly on quality education and the eradication of illiteracy. Since 2010 it has featured a National Education Programme for Adult and Young Women and Teenagers, as an educational project for illiterate adult women or youths failing at school.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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