Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Equatorial Guinea Empowers Women and Youth in Partnership with International Labor Organization

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea, through its Minister for Work, Employment Promotion, and Social Security, Celestino Bonifacio Bakale Ndong, empowered women and youth in regards to equal and fair employment opportunities in partnership with the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Equatorial Guinea and the ILO have worked together for over one year on decent employment opportunities, support for cooperative companies, and the promotion of self-employment, among other employment projects.

Equatorial Guinea also examined the reform of certain employment laws and regulations.

Equatorial Guinea has made significant strides in regards to economic activity in recent years as part of the Government directive to diversify the economy away from energy to include all relevant business sectors.

Economic diversification and the promotion of entrepreneurship are in line with Equatorial Guinea’s Horizon 2020 national development plan.

Equatorial Guinea has made great progress over the years on human rights, including the temporary amnesty against the death penalty, the plan of action to combat human trafficking, the implementation of the Children’s Parliament, the improvement of education for all Equatorial Guineans, and the complete abolition of child labor.

Equatorial Guinea has ratified numerous international conventions regarding human rights, and is active at the United Nations (UN) as a non-permanent member of the Security Council, where it strongly advocates for peace and security throughout the world. Equatorial Guinea at the UN has urged its fellow UN member states to prohibit the sale of arms to mercenaries and other organizations who are considered human rights violators.