International Women’s Day

International Women's Day spotlights HeForShe campaign in changing world of work

The International Women’s day in Cameroon was commemorated under the distinguished patronage of Madam Chantal Biya, First Lady of the Republic of Cameroon.

Date: 08 March 2017

Yaounde 8 March 2017:  The 2017 International Women’s Day in Cameroon was celebrated under the distinguished patronage of the First Lady and wife of the President of the Republic, Madam Chantal Biya, accompanied by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, other members of government, diplomatic corps including the Representative of UN Women Cameroon and the civil society organisations. 

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First Lady Madam Chantal Biya (middle) presides over March past parade marking celebrations of International Women’s Day in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Fajong Joseph 

The celebrations which was void of speeches was marked by a three-hour colourful march past the Yaounde May 20th Boulevard which spotlighted UN Women’s  HeForShe campaign launched in Cameroon in August 2016 by the Prime Minister and Head of Government, representing the President of the Republic.

The HeForShe special square made up of men and boys -which introduced the march - had a bold message “I am HeForShe, I promote gender equality in the changing world of work”. The parade was headed by Madame Adama Moussa, UN Women Cameroon Country Representative, accompanied by other heads of UN agencies present at the ceremony. 

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Special HeForShe square during celebrations of International Women’s Day in Cameroon. Photo: UN Women/Fajong Joseph

Women and even men from the executive, legislative, judiciary, CSOs and from the business world all demonstrated the zeal and desire to see a planet 50-50 by 2030 in Cameroon as they brandished banners carrying massages related to the HeForShe campaign and the central theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, “Women in a changing world of work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”.

The messages also projected women as key and strategic forces in producing results and achieving corporate goals in public, private and international organizations.

The march past parade in the Women’s Day fabric has become a tradition to mark the commemoration of the International Women’s Day in Cameroon. The parade took place simultaneously in all the ten regions of the country, 56 Divisions and sub divisions across the Central African nation