Day of the African Woman: women call for peace in Cameroon

Women in Cameroon joined the rest of the continent to commemorate the Day of the African woman on Tuesday 31st July 2018.

One of the many events took place at the esplanade of the Yaounde City Council.

The ceremony was presided over by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Marie Therese Abena Ondoa.

Women from other African countries joined sisters of Cameroon to say “No” to gender based violence, discrimination and sex crimes.

They called for a peaceful resolutions of conflicts especially those plaguing Cameroon.

In the presence of other government Ministers, members of the diplomatic corps, Circle of Friends of Cameroon (CERAC) and women associations, Marie Therese Abena Ondoa said the call for peace comes at a time when the world including Cameroon is begging for peace.

According to the Minister of Women’s Empowerment, peace is everybody’s concern and African women need to continuously work for peace in spite of our diversity.

On the occasion, Cameroon’s report on the African Woman Decade was handed to the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family in accordance with the convention on the Gender Policy of the African Union in 2008.

Cameroon’s report focused on ten priority areas, in line with the African Union gender policy.

This policy itself is rooted from the Beijing platform for Action on Sustainable Development Goal No 5: “achieving gender equality and empowering all women and girls”

During the meeting in Yaounde, there was also a display of flags of countries of the African Union.

Traditional dance groups from Rwanda, Central Africa Republic and Cameroon added colour to the event.

 

Bruno Ndonwie Funwie

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