A delegation from the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), led by the vice-rector, Crisantos Ondo Asumu, is attending, from 16th October, in Paris, the General Assembly of the Francophone network of Women Leaders in Higher Education and Research (RESUFF, in its initials if French). The event will last for two days.
The Francophone University Agency, AUF, organised this forum on the ideals of the RESUFF, which are, among others, to identify, share and promote good practice in the field of gender equality, within the francophone area of higher education and research. That was how it was described in the opening speech by the AUF president, Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu.
During the round table at the session, those present, mainly women, presented to the collective of researchers various topics that prevent the academic scientific evolution of women in many societies, such as maternity, and the clash between culture and science, among others.
The greatest obstacle recorded during this first RESUFF mandate, which closed the day and deserves strict corrective measures during the next period which begins following the voting on 16th October, is the idea imposed by many cultures that women must mainly deal with domestic tasks, which is very common in countries of the Third World, according to the head of Doctoral Training in Geography from the University of Congo, Yolande Berton.
According to Thi Cuc Phuong, vice-rector of the University of Hanoi (Vietnam), only 14% of women from the Asian country achieve their academic dreams and assume responsibility within the administration; a situation totally different to the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, where the number of women active in the workforce is almost the same as for men, according to the latest INEGE report.
Equatorial Guinea, as a member country of Francophonie, is represented at the forum by the vice-rector, Crisantos Ondo Asumu Miaga, and accompanied by Maria Flora Esono Nchama, sub-director for Academic Affairs at the same institution.
Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea