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Cameroon wins award for gender balance in governance

Cameroon's campaign to ensure gender parity in public administration which led to its 30 percent representation of Women in Parliament has…

Cameroon’s campaign to ensure gender parity in public administration which led to its 30 percent representation of Women in Parliament has earned the country an award.

The country was awarded the Pan African award for the promotion of Gender Approach in Public service recently.

The work was won in Morocco following a presentation of Cameroon’s gender approach by the Minister of Women’s Empower and the family. According to statistics from Cameroon Public service, at least 16% of the post of Director or other positions of equivalent portfolio are held by women and 25% are sub directors.

Close to 32% of women in the Public Service hold the office of Service Heads while 34% of their peers are Bureau heads. The statistics which turned out to be one of the most promising on the continent earned Cameroon the award which was presented to the Prime Minister Head of Government, Philemon Yang in Yaounde.

The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie Therese Abena Ondoua presented the award to the Head a government and briefed him on criteria that was used to select Cameroon.

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