Women of Cameroon: Let’s make Women’s Day count!

Sophie Ngassa
Posted February 23, 2017 from Cameroon
March past in Cameroon on IWD.

For the past years in Cameroonwomen have celebrated this great day with a lot of activities for a period of one week.

During this week we usually have activities such as workshops, seminars, conferences and round tables around the nation both in Rural and Urban areas.

The highest point of the activities is on the 8thMarch. This special day is marked with amarchpass at the grand stand in the morning followed by feasting and dinning in restaurants, bars, cafes and halls. This last part of the celebration is a call for concern in Cameroon.

Last year when I was feasting around town in a public space where there were about 3different groups of women, I witnessed some women get drunk and losing control leading to their misbehavior in public.

Due to excess in alcohol, they lost balance on their way back and 2 of them fell down ina gutter and sustained serious injury. One of the women lost her sight after falling on and heating her head on a sharp object.

I want to take this opportunity to tell women that there is still a lot to do in raising awareness about the benefits of having a very special day to celebratefemininityand sister hood.

In the past, I’ve seen men going around taking pictures of women in odd situations on social media. It is very sad to see the images of how women misbehave due to excess on this day on public media.

Many women have reducedWomen’sDay to a day ofsenseless celebration, instead of an awareness raising day.

I dream of the day whenwewill use ITC tools to convene and pass strong messages to the government about issues that affect us women most.

I want to cause a social change for women to understand that this day could be used in making demands to policy makers about important matters that need to change in their lives.

I have decided to spend the day in a more constructive and meaningful mannerby holding a radio talk before the day and a seminar on that day to reinforce the meaning of the day and facilitating a day workshop to highlight a chosen theme of the year

Looking at the 2017 IWD theme: “Be Bold For Change”,lstronglybelieve thatit is time to rise up, take action, be bold for change on this day and beyond by taking groundbreaking action that will truly drive the greatest change for women.Getting women out of ignorance and slumber by sensitizing and educating on how to take the take the lead in making the change they want to see.

“There is no force equal to a woman determined to rise”

For this 29th Edition of the International Women’s Day,I invite World Pulse ladies in Cameroon to join me: let us#LogOnRiseUpand use social media to convey strong messages to all the stakeholders. Let’s give more meaning tothe day by involvingas many womenaspossible.

This is day is set aside to bring awareness to all people inthe communities, politicians, law makers, administrators, religious and traditional authorities etc. to the particular situation of women in our country and the world today. It is therefore a day to create awareness and prick our collective consciences so that some actions should be taken to correct these injustices. Its actual purpose is to be a day of peaceful protest so that things concerning women could be changed, not a day of senseless celebration

In the future I look forward to having a month full of educational activities at all levels for all classes of women such as seminars, talks, workshops and conferences. It is certain that these things will lead to change and women will have something to work towards.

We will use the International women’s day in Cameroon as an important catalyst and vehicle for driving greater change for women and moving closer to gender parity.

How to Get Involved

You can support my work at CYEED by donating material and equipment such as laptops. Computers, tablets, office equipment, projector and screen.

Your generous donations will go a long way to bring digital skills to women across Cameroon.

This story was submitted in response to Women Rising.

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Jill Langhus
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 24, 2017

Hi Sophie. What a great idea about your talk and seminar. I hope it goes well and that you get loads of women involved. Let us know how it goes:-)

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Dear Jlanghus,

Thanks for encouraging me.I feel lifted up and energized.I already began invited young women and they are very enthusiastic.Some of them instantly joined World Pulse during the first meeting that I held for the Wave Event in Cameroon. Latter on I will share a report of the IWD. 

Jill Langhus
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

You're welcome:) Great news. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to your report. Have a great day.

jacqueline.s
Feb 24, 2017
Feb 24, 2017

Hi Sophie, it is wonderful to see how your are using the IWD as a catalyst for positive change in your community. Best of luck with your talk and seminar. :)

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Dear Jacqueline,

This period is an excellent time to sensitize and inspire women to get involved in more meaningful activities.It will be even better to advocate for policy makers to integrate measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women .You will be updated about the day.

Melissa J.S
Feb 26, 2017
Feb 26, 2017

Hi Aunt Sohpie,I am proud you spoke out on this topic.it has become so frequent that it is now a norm .i look forward to the radio show .Thumb ups to you .

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Dear Melyzalj,

This topic is really a sensitive issue in Cameroon as concerns IWD celebration.We need to come together and cause this social change in attitude and behavior of our sisters.You are welcome to join me in this struggle. Thanks for your great comment.

Austina
Mar 01, 2017
Mar 01, 2017

Dear Sophie,

Thank you for being bold and daring to speak up. I am encouraged to do same by reading your piece.

Blessings.

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Dear Austina, 

I am happy to hear that you want to do same in your country. It is true that we face similar issues.i wish that this story should be shared, so that other women can join me. One hand cannot tie a bundle.Thank you for encouraging me.

leila Kigha
Mar 04, 2017
Mar 04, 2017

Thumbs up Sophie!

that is the problem in cameroon and we need to use these tools to make a difference! Well done!

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Dear Leila,

Thanks for appreciating me, it gives me more strength to keep pushing. Yes, thanks to the World pulse forum for offering my the space to freely used digital tools to impact the lives of women in Cameroon.Surely I will do my best to be the best of my self.Cheers !

Gwei Mainsah
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Greetings.

Your program is so interesting. We will be happy to listen to the radio programs and as such will be happy if you could tell us when you will be having the radio talks and through radio channels.

Sophie Ngassa
Mar 06, 2017
Mar 06, 2017

Hello Gwei,

Thank you for your contribution.I am planning to have the talk in Bamenda via CRTV Bamenda, the date is not yet fixed but I am sure it will be after women's day due to the instability at this time in the NWR. The seminar will take place in Yaounde  on the 8th of March. I will keep you posted.You can follow me on face book. Thanks.