2018 Women’s Day: Cameroonian women brace up for the event

The 33rd edition of the International Women’s Day to be commemorated on 8th March is around the corner and women in Cameroon are preparing for the grand event.

Sporting activities are top on the list as some Government Ministries and International Organisations have embarked on weeklong sports competitions in build up to the day.

At the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, a sports walk has been scheduled for 3rd March 2018. This walk along the May 20 Avenue will involve other groups of women including the Association of Handicapped Women. This is a move aimed at promoting the inclusion of physically challenged women in the Women’s Day celebration.

Roundtables are also on the agenda as many women organisations will meet and discuss pertinent issues that affect women.

This is the case of the association, ‘More Women in Politics’ that is planning to hold a roundtable on 5th March 2018. The meeting is scheduled to take place at the Cameroon Radio Television (CRTV) Production House.

Debates and workshops are also priority to many women in the build up to the International Women’s Day.

The debates are meant to introduce the women to public speaking and make them discuss topical issues which they sometimes neglect for various reasons.

The workshops on their part, aim at sharpening the skills of women in various domains especially towards entrepreneurship.

Debates and workshops are not only taking place within the work milieu but also within Churches and local associations.

Another activity gaining grounds as the women prepare to commemorate the International Women’s Day is exhibition fairs. These fairs are avenues to promote the work of women doing small-scale businesses and entrepreneurs.

An example of this is the Salon de Femme en Diamant (SEFEDI) which is on-going at the esplanade of the Yaounde Omnisport Stadium till 10th March 2018.

These diverse activities will of course, be crowned with the march past on 8th March 2018 in various towns across the country.

It is worth indicating that this edition of the International Women’s Day will be observed with focus on the international theme, “Time is Now: Rural and urban activists transforming women’s lives”.

Eleanor Ayuketah

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