Message from Minister for Social Affairs on Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, Consuelo Ondo Nzang, has issued a message to the Equatoguinean population in Malabo, to mark International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women; a message that was read at the ministerial headquarters.

Consuelo Ondo Nzang began by recalling that 25th November of every year is commemorated in honour and memory of the three Mirabal sisters, who in 1960 were murdered in the Dominican Republic due to their political activism.

The slogan for this year is “Unite, let no one get left behind: let us put an end to violence against women and girls”.

The United Nations Organisation passed the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women in 1993, through Resolution 48/104, of 20th November, for its direct link to the imbalance and inequality in rights between women and men in the social, economic, cultural and political spheres. This document was ratified by the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in 1994.

To commemorate this day, The UN has invited Governments, international organisations and NGOs to organise awareness-raising events, the Equatoguinean Government included, in its desire to promote equal rights and opportunities.

The Basic Law and national and international legal documents ratified by the State, such as the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women; the Protocol of the African Charter on Human Rights, and the basic principles of society in matters of Human Rights, show the clear firm political will in favour of social change by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, President of the Republic and promoter of development and well-being in our country.

In Equatorial Guinea, despite all the established legal guarantees, both at a national and international level, there are still members of our society who to date have not taken on board the consequences that this scourge of violence against women produces, to the detriment of family and social well-being.

In that sense, the Ministry for Social Affairs sees the celebration of 25th November as one of the most important activities in the desire to achieve true equality between women and men, under the protection of the previously mentioned legal instruments, and in accordance with the strategic aims of the Horizonte 2020 National Plan.

The culture and traditions are unquestionably called on for a social change that will even out rights between men and women. Our society needs a change in mentality in order to adapt to a new more equal situation, and must be able to build development and well-being for all people in our society; now is not the time to continue to embrace tradition as an argument, in order to continue with discriminating practices and attitudes against women”, declared the minister, who also pointed out that “To eliminate gender violence is a challenge and an obligation as democratic male and female citizens”.

Ondo Nzang went on to say, I do not want to end my speech without taking the opportunity to address, in the name of the Ministry for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, our most sincere support and solidarity with all women who are the victims of violence throughout the world, and in particular the victims in Equatorial Guinea, and express the desire for a growing change in mentality in favour of a more equal society and for true development.

In conclusion, I wish to express, in the name of all women in Equatorial Guinea, our sincere gratitude to Their Excellencies Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and Constancia Mangue de Obiang, for their successful policies in favour of Women’s rights, and for all the support provided to the female population towards development”.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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