• Posted on: 22 May 2020

Indigenous Women have taken an interest in leadership positions, in order to enhance their voice, actions in search of full respect of their rights, particularly the rights to participation and representation in areas of decision making. Cameroon organized on February 9th 2020, the double legislative and municipal elections.  As a result, all citizens, including indigenous women, were given the opportunity to exercise their right to vote as provided for in national and regional texts, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Declaration, rights of indigenous peoples respectively in their articles 21 and 5.

It’s in this perspective that FFAC in partnership with FIMI  implemented the project “Support for Indigenous Women and Girls in the Electoral Process in Cameroon” to promote the right of participation of Mbororo indigenous women in the management of public affairs. This workshop was presided by the Mr. BELLA EDJENGUELE Divisional Officer of Meiganga, the chief of Social Center, ELECAM field staff for Meiganga, Delegate of Social Affairs and Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and Family. The main objective of the workshop was to build capacities for the elected officials and communities leaders from the North West Region, West Region, South West Region and the Adamawa Region on the participation of Mbororo women and girls in the management of public affairs, with other specific objectives such as; explaining the role of a Municipal Councilor and a parliamentarian, identify the voices and means to better defend the interests of the populations, present an action plan to improve the defense of the interests of the population by elected officials. Among these women, FFAC was able to coach and support 20 Mbororo women and men, as potential candidates for the double Legislative and Municipal ballot. Following the proclamation of the results, 15 Mbororo women and men were elected.

At the end of the workshop the Participant’s knowledge was reinforced on their role as Deputy or Municipal Councilor, an action plan was drawn up for elected officials better defend the interests of the population.