International Women’s Day: SRSG Touré calls on Bissau-Guineans to recognize women’s efforts for peace and prosperity
“On this International Women's Day, let's take the opportunity to applaud the work and courage of these women who, for the most part, do not receive the recognition they deserve.”, said Modibo Touré.
“I urge all Bissau-Guineans to make their voices heard, to participate in decision-making throughout the country, their communities and their families, and to engage in the exercise of democracy.”, added the Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
The day started with a march for women’s rights departing at 7 am from Parliament building, passing by Titina Sila square – a freedom fighter – and ending at the Martyrs of Pindijiguiti square. Slogans like "Enough of violence and discrimination against women!” were sung and displayed through the streets of central Bissau.
The United Nations representative for Women in Guinea-Bissau, Hazel Godding called for the participation of men in the feminist movement.
UNIOGBIS joined the police at the Military District model police station for a football match between police officers and the neighborhood team. The squad's activities also included conferences on gender equality (6 March) and the problem of female genital mutilation (March 7).
The Day ended with cultural activities in the Ajuda District, the Green Space by organizations advocating women's and youth rights.
Guinea-Bissau adopted in 2012 the National Policy for the Promotion of Gender Equality and Equity (PNIEG). The policy was reviewed in 2016 (PNIEG II) and includes an Action Plan for the Promotion of Gender Equity and Equity for the period 2016-2025. The country also has a National Plan of Action for Prevention, Protection and Fight against Gender-based Violence.
The President of the Institute for Women and Children (IMC), Nhima Sissé recalled that there are several laws that protect women, but they lack enforcement. "I call on the government and the international community to help us implement the legal instruments, because if we see we have many laws that protect women, but their effective implementation is very weak," laments Nhima Sissé.