During the national tour, every day there is a subsequent meeting held with the women of the districts visited. A women’s meeting that in some places turns into a party, and which also serves to recognize the coordinators of the Women of the PDGE (OMPDGE).
With the renewal of the Party’s National Office, and the appointment of the new First Deputy Secretary General, Jesusa Obono Engono, an important revitalization in that organization is also being carried out.
The work visit, which the officials of the National Office are conducting, also serves to present the authorities responsible for the new leadership of the OMPDGE, and in the same way, to make the first incentive payments for all the coordinators of this entity working in the country.
Since the beginning of the tour, the meeting with women has been led by the Deputy Secretary herself, Jesusa Obono, accompanied by the heads of the new leadership of the OMPDGE and workgroup: Antonina Mico Mikue, Secretary General of the Executive Council; Teresa Avoro Nguema, First Deputy Secretary; Clara Mba Abuy, Second Deputy Secretary; Gertrudis Nzang, Head of Reproductive Health; Monserrat Bonkanka Tabares, lawyer, Secretary of the District Committee of Baney and General Secretary in the Ministry of Labor; Trinidad Bengobesam Obiang and Ana María Obono Nguema, secretaries and assistants. However, in recent days, due to the absence of Jesusa Obono, who has accompanied the Head of State, H.E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, to the Asian continent, the meetings are led by Antonina Mico Mikue.
Although the meeting of women militants sometimes is held late, in most cases the meeting turns into a real party, in which women sing, dance, they express themselves freely and participate fully. During the meeting, the Deputy Secretary General, or in her absence, Antonina Mico, addresses both policy issues as well as fundamental aspects in the current situation of women in the country. For example, they recall the importance of women discarding traditional beliefs, such as witchcraft, replaced by training that leads to self-development.
The importance of working with men to promote gender equality to contribute to social equality is also reviewed. The party’s message is transmitted, and the importance of enrolling in the census is recalled, and of continuing to support the party, the policy established by President Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady, thanks to whom a policy to support women has been established.
Many of the participating women freely recount their experiences or require attention on individual cases or issues. Those involved in the event recall how, a few years ago, they had to wear outfits that they sewed themselves with sackcloth, or when they wore the famous “motofoot”, shoes made out of tires. In order to maintain the enormous change that has taken place in the country, to preserve our peace and not fall into the wars that hurt women more than anything else, the Secretary General, Jesusa Obono, and her colleagues, call on all the party members continue to support the PDGE, and work for their families to do the same.
As is the case at the men’s meeting, the women’s meeting serves to distribute incentives among the coordinators who work in the towns and cities nationwide, and from now on are equally recognized as members of the National Office.
Text and photos: Ines Ortega
Equatorial Guinea’s Press and Information Office