African Women’s Day: Women Called To Join In The Fight Against COVID-19


The Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa made a declaration on Thursday ahead of the 58th edition of the African Women’s Day to be celebrated this Friday, July 31, 2020.

This Year’s edition of the African Women’s day will be celebrated in a context marked by the health crisis due to COVID-19. A situation which calls for the mobilization of all African Women for the fight against the disease which has affected families and the economy according to the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the family Marié Thérèse Abena Ondoa.

During the declaration made this Thursday, July 30, 2020, the Minister of women’s empowerment and the family has called on women to continue respecting barrier measures to stop the spread of COVID-19. This include washing of hands with clean water and soap or with hand sanitizers, compulsory wearing of face masks, going out only when necessary , avoid crowded places, hand shakes just to name this.

Another point mentioned during the Minister’s declaration was that, women should continue to work in obtaining the objectives of the African Woman’s decade program which ends this year 2020(2010-2020). That is gender equality and women’s empowerment whose results according to the Minister are satisfactory in Cameroon after being launched 10 years ago.

The 58th edition of the African Women’s day in Cameroon will be celebrated on the theme ” African Women and the challenges of the Corona Virus Pandemic”

As a reminder, the African Women’s day originated from the first African Women’s conference held on July 31,1962 in Dar es Salaam and was officially consecrated on the organization’s first Congress on July 31, 1974.
This day aims to recognize and affirm the role of women for political freedom in Africa and to promote the social and economic status of women on the continent.

Natacha Lehman

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