International Women’s Day

Launch of Generation Equality in Cameroon, on the occasion of the 35th edition of the celebration of International Women's Day on March 08, 2020

Date: Sunday, March 8, 2020

During the Generation Equality march of 8th March 2020.
During the Generation Equality march of 8th March 2020. Photo credit: Nicoletta Eyamo/UN Women Cameroon

The United Nations Gender Theme Group in Cameroon, coordinated by UN Women, with the collaboration of Ministry of Woman Empowerment and the Family, officially launched the Generation Equality Campaign in the occasion of the celebration of the 35th edition of International Women's Day, celebrated on 8 March, 2020.

The celebration included a series of activities designed to bring together change agents of all ages and genders to immerse themselves in and embrace UN Women's innovative multi-generational campaign: “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”.

On Sunday March 8th, a huge march was organized under the high patronage of Mrs. Chantal BIYA, First Lady of Cameroon, with the outstanding parade of the square "Generation Equality" composed of 50 young leaders girls and boys.

 

Generation Equality begins now

 

Generation Equality is a civil society-centered, global gathering for gender equality, convened by UN Women to link all the advocacy elements together, emphasizing youth leadership and the strong inter-generational nature of the mobilization and youth leadership to chart a path forward a fresh and bold feminist agenda and to create a multilateral gender-progressive partnership.

In today’s world, both women and men—and girls and boys—all over the world are speaking up for themselves and for those who have been silenced and stigmatized for far too long. Many are from a new generation. They are seizing the moment to re-imagine economies, societies, and political systems so that they uphold human rights and achieve gender equality, leaving no one behind.

Young leaders manifesting for parity 50-50 during the march of 08th March 2020.
Young leaders manifesting for parity 50-50 during the march of 08th March 2020, Photo credit: Nicoletta Eyamo/UN Women Cameroon

 

UN Women is bringing together the next generations of women’s rights activists with the gender equality advocates and visionaries who were instrumental in creating the Beijing Platform for Action more than two decades ago. Collectively, these change makers of all ages and genders can tackle the unfinished business of empowering women through a new, groundbreaking, multi-generational campaign: “Generation Equality: Realizing women’s rights for an equal future”. The Generation Equality campaign demands equal pay, equal sharing of unpaid care and domestic work, an end to sexual harassment and all forms of violence against women and girls, health-care services that respond to their needs, and their equal participation in political life and decision-making in all areas of life.