Voter Registration on International Women’s Day launch in Cameroon

Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018

164 more females have been registered in the electoral roll at the launching ceremony of the 33rd International Women’s Day in Yaounde, as UN Women and partners intensify efforts to ensure that women and girls are not left behind in this year’s elections

Registration of Voters at the event ground. Photo credits: J.P. Dargal UN Women
Registration of Voters at the event ground. Photo credits: J.P. Dargal UN Women

Yaounde, 23 February 2018: The official launch of the 2018 International Women’s Day, chaired by the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and the family, Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa, was an opportunity to mobilize more women to enter their names in election registers.

Hosted at the Yaounde City Council courtyard on February 19th, the event brought together close to 100 women’s groups and provided a healthy ground for the voter registration campaign championed by UN Women and supported by the Women Empowerment Ministry and Elections Cameroon (ELECAM).

Minister Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa, speaking on the occasion, called on the women to get ready to drive gender parity in up-coming elections. She explained that discrimination against women and girls hinders them from attaining their full potential and slows socio - economic development.

“One important way of eradicating this societal ill, is by making your voices heard through the ballot box”, Marie Thérèse Ondoa told the women.

UN Women Resident Representative, Adama Moussa (4th from right) during the launching ceremony at the Yaounde City Council courtyard. Photo credits: J.P. Dargal UN Women
UN Women Resident Representative, Adama Moussa (4th from right) during the launching ceremony at the Yaounde City Council courtyard. Photo credits: J.P. Dargal UN Women

  ELECAM erected a booth equipped with mobile kits and power supply generators on the event ground, bringing registration facilities closer to the women. 164 new registration cases were recorded by the end of the event.

Minister Marie Thérèse Ondoa visiting the Elecam booth with her entourage. Photo credits: Dargal UN Women
Minister Marie Thérèse Ondoa visiting the Elecam booth with her entourage. Photo credits: Dargal UN Women

This year’s Women’s day theme gives visibility to the women in rural and urban settings who are driving change in their respective communities through their works.

By Alice Tatah