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Women’s Day: First Lady urges women to show courage, unity

Women’s Day: First Lady urges women to show courage, unity

Paru le jeudi, 07 mars 2024 17:43

First Lady Chantal Biya (photo) has expressed concern over the escalating violence and intimidation against women globally. In a message released through her NGO, Synergies Africaines, on the occasion of the 39th International Women’s Rights Day on March 8, she stated, “Women continue to pay a heavy price simply because they are women.”

She further noted that in 2022, around 89,000 women and girls were killed by their partners or a family member, marking a 20-year record. This trend is particularly evident in Cameroon, where Marie-Thérèse Abena Ondoa, Minister of Women's Empowerment and the Family recorded nearly 30 femicides between January and May 2023.

Besides violence, Biya stressed that women also face exclusion. “Women are more discriminated against when it comes to hiring and are under-represented in the sciences and senior decision-making positions. They have difficulty gaining access to funding,” observed the founding president of Synergies Africaines.

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As her message for the coming March 8 celebration, she urged women to demonstrate greater courage and unity. She also stressed the need to refocus the day's significance, as it has faced criticism for becoming overly celebratory. “We must seize every available opportunity,” she said.

The message aligns with her ongoing advocacy for women's rights. In 2023, she urged women to use social media more responsibly.

Michel Ange Nga

Dernière modification le jeudi, 07 mars 2024 17:45

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