Women’s Participation in Governance in Cameroon Improves

The 30th Day of September 2013 brought new hope for the women of Cameroon, creating a new record.

Cameroon being a democratic country, choosing leaders through elections, the electoral procedure is characterized by the use of a party closed list system whereby elections take place involving political parties in the municipal and  legislative elections, except for in the presidential elections.

The women in Cameroon were not given a place in the governance from early years due to  their productive and reproductive roles that gave them the status; but with colonization, the colonial masters came with the Eurocentric concept of whom and what a woman should be. And this concept relegated women towards the backdrop.

Cannot Women be part of Politics?

Behind every successful man, they say, there is a woman. This saying points out the fact that women are undeniably very essential ingredients in the recipe for a man’s success. Women work tirelessly behind the scenes in order for men to flourish, even though they are unseen most of the times, and rarely spoken of.

Women Rise in Uganda

“I went into politics because I saw the corruption in Uganda…………………….,” stats Oromait, the recently elected youngest member of parliament in African history. (Courtesy: David Smith, The Guardian)