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Cameroon: UN Women push for more women in politics

Ahead of the International Day of the African woman, the Cameroon country office of the United Nations Entity for Gender…

Ahead of the International Day of the African woman, the Cameroon country office of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, UN Women, is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the active participation of more women in politics, particularly in elective and decision making positions.

It is against this backdrop that UN Women partnered with Cameroon’s Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, on July 27 2017, to commemorate the 12th edition of its Gender Café initiative under the theme “Women and Politics:  ways and means of ensuring the full participation of women through free, equitable and gender sensitive elections”.

Speaking at the occasion, Adama Mousa, UN Women’s resident representative, said the choice of this month Gender Café theme is aimed at raising awareness and preparing women to actively participate in upcoming elections. While applauding women’s political participation in Cameroon, Adama Mousa said the 30 percent quota achieved at the country’s National Assembly, need to be attained at all levels of decision making positions.

For her part, the Minister of Women Empowerment and the Family, Marie-Therese Abena Ondoa , lauded government’s will in ensuring women’s involvement in politics. Minister Abena Ondoa revealed that women’s representation at the National Assembly which was below 20 percent in 2013, has now increased to more than 30 percent. The Minister also cited the strides women are making towards positioning themselves in the upper house of parliament, councils and other sectors.

She implored women who already occupy leadership positions to perform their task exceptionally well in the bid to facilitate the process for the future generation of women.

As prove to government’s will, the Minister used the forum to present Cameroon’s recent Pan African award. An award, which according to the Minister, the country earned for its campaign to ensure gender parity in public administration.

Other discussions at the forum revolved around the contribution for the political evolution of women in the country.



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