Cameroon activists push gender parity for Senate elections

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Cameroon activists push gender parity for Senate elections

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FILE - A group of women take shelter under a tree a the Bogo IDP camp in Maroua, Cameroon, April 28, 2022.

MAROUA, CAMEROON — Activists in Cameroon are urging more women candidates to enter races for Senate seats before a January 28 deadline. Only 26 members of Cameroon's 100-member senate are women, a number advocates want to see doubled. But patriarchal beliefs and a lack of political support are preventing more women from contesting the March election.

Female activists have been visiting political party leaders in northern Cameroon to push for greater representation for women in Cameroon’s upper house of parliament, the Senate.

Cameroon’s president, Paul Biya, announced last week that senate elections will be held March 12 with a registration deadline of January 28.

The announcement prompted activists to push for more women candidates.

Click here to read the full article published by VOA News on 17 January 2023.

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