Interview with President of the Senate

To understand the achievements of our country since the achievement of national sovereignty, on 12th October 1968, was the aim of the interview by the Latin press with the President of the Senate, Teresa Efua Asangono.

After concluding the audience granted by the Senate Table, led by Teresa Efua Asangono, to the Cuban delegation led by the Vice-President of the Cuban State Council, Roberto Morales Ojeda, who attended the 50th Anniversary of our Independence, the journalists from the Latin Press, led by the vice-president, Hector Miranda, took advantage of the occasion to interview the President of the Upper Chamber, to get her impressions on the achievements by our country and the socio-political and economic role of women in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea.

With respect to the achievements, Efua Asangono explained that the first 11 years after the proclamation of national sovereignty were a disaster; the socio-political and economic structures of the country were dismantled; there was mass emigration by the population of Equatorial Guinea to neighbouring countries, and true independence came with the freedom coup provided by the Head of State and Government, H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who began the restructuring of the country, “It was a very difficult situation to arrive at the level of development we know know in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, thanks to the programme of modernisation of infrastructures, including other sectors, conceived and implemented by the President of the Republic in order to address the needs and demands of the population.

One of the indicators that boosted the development of the country was the discovery of oil by a small American oil company in the 90s. In 1997 the first National Economic Conference was organised, and the parameters for the use of the money deriving from oil were set out, with the aim that the entire nation would experience development, in particular the city of Malabo, which has seen an unprecedented growth in size”.

Efua Asangono also pointed out that, in addition to the development experienced by the country, Equatorial Guinea was living in a climate of peace and harmony, and lamented the domestic role exclusively allotted to the Equatoguinean woman “as carer of children, housewife and cook, but with the freedom coup, women began to be considered in all socio-political, economic and cultural areas; a general directorate was created within the Ministry for Work, which later became Secretary of State, and currently Department for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, dedicated to the problems of women and social affairs”.

Furthermore, she recognised that the integration of women within the world of work, together with access to responsibilities, is complex, as laws and the political will of the Government is not enough, but also their involvement in empowerment.

Source: Equatorial Guinea Press and Information Office

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