Cameroonian women have been urged to speak up against violence perpetrated towards them.
The exhortation came from the country’s Minister of Women Empowerment and the Family, Marie Therese Abena Ondoa recently as she launched the 16 Days of campaign against gender-based violence, in the presence of the Coordinator of the UN Systems in Cameroon, Allegra Baiocchi.
According to official statistics from UN Women reports, one in every three women has experienced some form of violence in Cameroon. The situation is even worst among less developed communities whose population are not ver enlighten on gender best practices.
It is against his backdrop that Minister Marie Therese Abena urged Cameroonian women to keep resisting violence and support each other in the fight to end the practice in communities.
Cameroon, it should be recalled has joined the world over to begin commemorating the annual 16-day campaign against Violence on Women which started on November 25.
This year’s 16 Days theme “Orange the world: #HearMeToo” recognizes women, girls as they speak out about the violence they experience, particularly in marginalized and undeserved communities that include refugees, minorities, indigenous peoples, and those affected by conflict and natural disasters.
The official campaign colour is orange, which symbolizes a brighter future. It will be featured prominently in events and activities globally.