On 8th March, the people of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea celebrated International Women’s Day. Among the events which took place, there was a Thanksgiving Mass overseen by H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo and the First Lady of the Nation, Constancia Mangue de Obiang.
The activities organised in the Official Programme for the festivities included firstly a solemn Thanksgiving Mass at the Holy Church metropolitan Cathedral in Malabo, with the participation of the presidential couple, which was also attended by figures such as the presidents of Constitutional Bodies, members of the Government, local authorities, and the PDGE General Secretary, Jeronimo Osa Osa and Deputy General Secretary, Jesusa Obono Engono. After that, they all took part in a peaceful demonstration organised on the esplanade of the People’s Palace in Malabo.
The protagonists on this day are the women, and for that reason the Minister for Social Affairs and Gender Equality, in her first public appearance, recalled the efforts made by the Head of State towards women’s empowerment, from 3rd August 1979 to 2018. She also asked for new laws to be drawn up to put an end to the discrimination that women continue to suffer in our society.
The President of the Republic also addressed those present and focussed his reflections on the unprecedented global movement that has arisen this year in order to obtain rights and equality for women.
Furthermore, he invited “mothers, wives and sisters” to learn about the law and social conditions as a basis of the struggle towards full empowerment. As father of modern Equatorial Guinea, he also had advice for young people.
During the entire day numerous activities took place throughout national territory.
Equatorial Guinea was one of the first African countries to have a Ministry for Women’s Equality. Both the Head of State and President Founder of the PDGE, Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, and the First Lady, Constancia Mangue de Obiang, have always promoted policies of equality and empowerment for the women of the country.
Today is also a day to congratulate all our women. Happy Women’s Day!
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea