Cameroonian women have been tasked to partake in politics and decision making, so as to make their voices heard in a world dominated by men. The call was made various government officials during the celebrations of the 33rd edition of the International Women’s Day, on March 8.
In Cameroon, the day was celebrated under the theme “Intensify the fight against discrimination on women: Strengthen partnership to speed up sustainable development.” It is in line with this theme that various government officials and women activists, took turns to call on Cameroonian women to be assertive, embrace politics and be part of the decision makers in the country.
Women were equally encouraged to engage in petty businesses, step up in politics, which, would help them to communicate their various ideas to their communities. They were advised to face their fear of failing in public functions in the political domain than giving way to men. “Women need to understand that they are very important in nation building and their venturing into politics would be greeted with euphoria,”.
In Yaounde, the day was celebrated with a colorful march past, chaired by First lady Chantal Biya. While in the South West Region, women were urged to be agents of peace, national cohesion and transformation.
The call was made by the Governor of the South West Region, Bernard Okalia Bilai, at the Buea Independence, while presiding over commemorative activities. marking the 33rd edition of the International Women’s Day.
According to Governor Okalia Bilai, women who are the mothers of society must take the front seats in advocating for peace, national cohesion and integration in Cameroon, especially at a time when the country’s unity and integrity is tested by secessionists and terrorists.
To achieve this, the administrator went on; women must embrace education as a catalyst to their progress.
“When you abandon the education of the girl child, then gender discrimination, which you have been clamouring to do end, will continue to rise in the society.”
He said the Government of Cameroon is doing a lot to end gender discrimination and gender based violence against women in all the facets of the polity.