Fruitful Journey For Chantal Biya

 During her stay in Abidjan, she had a fruitful time dealing with problems that affect women and children.

Visibly joyful, Cameroon’s First Lady, Chantal Biya left Abidjan, Côte d’lvoire, after two fulfilling days of activities decided to the wellbeing of women and children in Côte d’lvoire and the Africa sub region in general.

From all indications, Mrs Biya, who is also UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Social Inclusion and Education and UNAIDS Special Ambassador, was in her most cherished line of activities (humanitarian) during her stay in Abidjan. She had interactive sessions and made visits that fell directly inline with her humanitarian activities.

Mrs Chantal Biya’s presence in Abidjan was not meant only to accompany her husband, President Paul Biya, for the just ended Africa Union-European Union Summit. She took time to discuss with other African First Ladies on how to empower women in a green economy as well as paid a visit to the “Dominique Ouattara” Bingerville Mother and Child, humanitarian and social hospital.

Mrs Biya began her somehow busy schedule in Abidjan by participating in a launch debate on Wednesday November 29. This was within side-line activities for spouses accompanying their husband for the 5th AU-EU Summit.

The lunch debate, hosted by the First Lady of Côte d’lvoire, Dominique Ouattarra, focused on the theme: “What role can women play in the green economy.”  Chantal Biya joined her voice to that of her sisters from other countries to stress the need for women to be empowered, as a means to reduce the effects of climate change affecting the entire world today.

The First Ladies identified the need to pay special attention to women’s potentials in implementing this economic model by improving their capacity, transferring technology to them and financing their project.”

Chantal Biya’s visit to the Bingerville Mother and Child hospital seem to have been the pinnacle of her activities in Abidjan. Her presence in the hospital, which has as main goal to provide quality healthcare to mothers, children and the poor brought to bear fresh memories of what she has dedicated a greater part of her life doing since 1994 when she created the Chantal Biya Foundation with a Mother and Child centre aimed at raising national and international awareness on the fight against poverty, disease, misery and all types of exclusion in urban and rural areas.

Because of her zeal to continue her quest in providing better health care to women and children, Cameroon’s First Lady, had to take pictures of certain equipment seen in the hospital as well briefly discussing with the management team of the Bingerville Hospital.

However, for many, the 5th Africa Union-European Union Summit has ended. But for Chantal Biya, this is just a continuation of her humanitarian crusade to empower women through her association, the Circle of Friends of Cameroon (CERAC).

The stage has been set for another laudable actions from Mrs Biya, in a bid to ensure that women and children are safe and productive for an emerging Cameroon.




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