Cameroon: Efforts Increase to Boost Women's Numbers in Politics

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Cameroon: Efforts Increase to Boost Women's Numbers in Politics

Political party leaders were on Monday urged to implement to gender approach in elections.

Cameroon's elections and referenda governing institution, Elections Cameroon (ELECAM) in collaboration with UN Women and other partners are stepping up efforts to ensure increased women's participation in political decision-making and elected positions, particularly in the upcoming legislative and council elections. The institutions organised a two-day workshop in Yaounde that started yesterday, August 13, 2012 to cause political parties to take into account gender mainstreaming in electoral candidate presentation and elected offices in politics.

Representatives of some 28 political parties are taking part in the workshop aimed at strengthening their capacities in gender approach and to enable party leaders take commitments to ensure that more women participate in the organisation of elections. Another objective is to advocate the equitable investiture of female candidates in compliance with the provisions of the April 19, 2012 harmonised Electoral Code.

 

Read more at All Africa, published 13 August 2012.

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