Rural women from across eight African countries are taking part in the inaugural edition of the African Rural Women’s Fair (SAFER) holding on the esplanade of the Yaounde Multipurpose Sports Complex.
The Minister of Women’s Enpowerment and the Family, Prof Marie Therese Abena Ondoa opened the fair this November 13, 2023 calling on the women to work together towards promoting the activities of the rural woman within Africa.
With theme of focus, “Rural Women, Food Basket of Africa: Capitalizing on their know-how to make them better producers of wealth”, the fair will also include workshops aimed at empowering the women.
From farm produce to cultural artifacts, hand-woven clothing and local accessories, the women are exhibiting their know-how in various domains.
Out of about 20 African countries invited to this first edition, eight answered present including: Cameroon the host, Chad, Central African Republic, Tunisia, Sao Tome and Principe, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea and Senegal.
Attending the fair is important for the Rural women who are calling on their Governments to enable the operationalisation of the free trade area agreement so as to ensure the free movement of people and goods across Africa. This, the women say, will facilitate business across the borders.
The African Rural Women’s Fair is scheduled to end on November 18, 2023.
Eleanor Ayuketah Ngochi