Crusade Taken To Schools in the East
The campaign was carried out in Government Technical High School (Lycée Technique) Bertoua on October 11, 2017.
On October 11, 2017, it was the turn of Government Technical High School (Lycée Technique) Bertoua, the capital of the East Region of Cameroon. Male students committed themselves to bring women and girls on board for sustainable development by registering for the campaign. These students enthusiastically embraced the campaign as about 300 of them registered to be its crusaders.
Officials of the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF) used the celebration of the International Day of the Girl chaired by the Inspector General of MINPROFF Mrs Françoise ANGOUIN that took place in the presence of the Governor of the East Region, Grégoire Mvongo, to take the HeForShe campaign to this educational establishment.
The Head of State, President Paul Biya expressed his commitment during the Global Forum for Female Parliamentarians’ Support to the UN “HeForShe” Campaign. He declared “we need more women in parliament and in decision making because it is a question of equity and gender equality. Equal access of women in posts of decision making and the fight against gender based discrimination are undeniable means for more equitable and better construction of the society”. President Biya’s declaration was matched with concrete action when the Prime Minister, Head of Government, Philemon Yang launched this HeForShe campaign under the high patronage of the Head of State on August 11, 2016, in collaboration with UN Women at the Yaounde Hilton Hotel. Since the official launch of this campaign in Cameroon in 2016, efforts have been stepped up at different government spheres to get men actively participate in making gender equality a reality. The efforts are heightened to enable both the male and female effectively contribute to the socio-economic and political development of Cameroon without any bias with regard to sex. It aims at involving men and boys as agents of change for gender equality.