The Speaker of the National Assembly received the West Africa Boss of UN Women on August 12, 2016.
The Regional Director for West and Central Africa of the United Nations entity for gender equality and the empowerment of women, UN WOMEN, Madam Diana Louise Ofwona, has relayed her institution’s proposal that women’s property rights be one of the issues submitted to Parliament for discussion. “Hopefully, during my next passage in Cameroon, I will be pleasantly informed of progress in this direction,” she told the press after meeting the Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Cavaye Yeguie Djibril on August 12, 2016 in Yaounde.
Both also reviewed women’s participation in politics and acknowledged milestones covered. “What we have to work for now is a path for the full participation of women in all spheres of the economy,” she stated. In that regard, Diana Ofwona and Cavaye Yeguie Djibril reviewed the Family Code and other legislation likely to further unlock the economic potential of women. She said the “Heforshe Campaign” launched a day earlier in Cameroon was just part of the awareness raising that UN Women has been doing over the years which has helped change policies in several countries. “We are looking at economic empowerment and so we are seeing transformation and big results,” she affirmed. While encouraging government to continue working for the improvement of the situation of the girl child, the UN Women official equally expressed gratitude for Cameroon’s recent four-year contribution to UN Women’s budget.