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UN Women adopts flagship program for rural women empowerment

Experts reviewed and adopted the economic empowerment program for women in Cameroon’s rural areas on May 30 The Cameroon country…

Experts reviewed and adopted the economic empowerment program for women in Cameroon’s rural areas on May 30

The Cameroon country office of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, also known as UN Women has adopted a flagship program for the empowerment women in the country’s rural areas. The document was adopted at a workshop Adama Mousa, the resident representative chaired in Yaounde on May 3.

The three-year program, according to Adama Moussa, has four main pillars which makes it complementary to state programmes geared towards empowering women and alleviating poverty in Cameroon. “This program is tailored to facilitate synergy, partnership and complementarity with other programs. It is not a duplicate of any government plan;” he emphasised in an interview with reporters at the workshop.

The four pillars of the program are designed to improve rural women’s input and output in the domain of agricultural production. They include facilitating access to production assets (land), financing or credit, marketing and improvement of value chain. “You know rural women are often seen to small farmers, small marketers, small this and that. We want to identify the areas of agricultural production in which they are involved, and boost their capacities.

Particpants at the workshop drawn from the civil society and some state ministries were told that inasmuch as the program is intended to help government succeed in its vision to reduce poverty in the country by half by 2025, it also falls in line with Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs. “I am talking about SDG goal 5. To achieve, gender equality, fight against gender-based violence and empower all women and girls as well as encourage governments to revise laws and make them gender sensitive.

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