Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Equatorial Guinea's First Lady Joins African Women Leaders in Honoring Their Commitment Towards Women Promotion

Constancia Mangue Nsue de Obiang, First Lady of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, joined First Ladies of Africa to honor the contributions and commitments of African women leaders who are working to improve living standards for women on the African continent.

In her welcoming speech, Mrs. Nana-Fosu Randall, Voice of African Mothers founder, talked about her life working at the UN and her efforts to found Voice of African Mothers. While sharing the story behind the organization she said, “We stand to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, to help them.”

Mrs. Obiang attended the Voices of African Mothers welcoming reception at the UN Millennium Hotel as part of the three days of events leading to the Millennium Development Goals 2013 Women’s Progress award gala to be held at the United Nations on Thursday, June 13, 2013.

Mrs. Nana-Fasu Randall praised Mrs. Obiang and the other first ladies present for their exemplary leadership and contributions to making women and children a top priority in Africa.

The First Lady has helped change attitudes toward women in Equatorial Guinean society. Educating women is one of her top priorities, and her continuous involvement in activities to promote social development has made her a leading figure in efforts to improve  the status of women in the country and on the African continent. She has also provided many grants and loans through associations that have increased women’s earning power, promoted women entrepreneurs and small businesses, and boosted the contributions of women to the economy.

First Ladies of Mali, Niger, Tanzania, Burundi, and the former First Lady of Suriname and their delegations were also present.