The Women and Family Promotion Minister (Minproff), Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoa, has called on women to “be wise” during the celebration of International Women's Day on March 8. She invited her peers to adopt "responsible behaviors" and have "decent clothes".
In Cameroon, during the celebration of IWD, many women often end up drunk and engage in unethical behavior (see illustration). Many women's activist groups and associations regularly raise awareness of the matter, calling on women to focus on the real issues to be addressed on that day, which, they say, is an opportunity for women to make their demands heard. It is also the occasion to stand up for their rights, especially the right to participate in political and economic life.
This year, issues about digital inclusion and gender equality will be discussed. Women and girls who promote advances in transformative technologies and digital education will be celebrated. The usual activities (roundtables, debates, sports walks, donations, etc.) will be organized and the traditional parade will close the event.