MUNICIPAL AND LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS: win-win synergy between ELECAM and UN-WOMEN

As a prelude to the twin election planned in Cameroon for 2019, a workshop on building the capacities of political parties for adopting gender-sensitive internal documents held on Friday, 28 June 2019 at the Yaounde Hôtel Azur

 

 

In Cameroon, candidature for legislative and municipal elections is, by rule, endorsed by political parties.Thus, in a bid to boost gender mainstreaming and endorsement of women in the impending elections, a workshop was jointly organised by ELECAM and UN-WOMENon28 June2019 at Hôtel Azur for political parties. Under the coordination of the UN-WOMEN permanent representative in Cameroon and the Director General of Elections,Erik ESSOUSSE, accompanied for the occasion by the Deputy Director General, ABDOULKARIMOU, deliberations of this workshop focused mainly on improving gender mainstreaming within political movements. Among the political parties present were Serge Espoir MATOMBAof the UPSR (UnitedPeople for SocialRenovation), Cabral LIBIof PCRN (PartiCamerounais pour la Réconciliation Nationale), representatives from the UPC, CPDM and many other parties. At the conclusion of these deliberations, participants, in conjunction, with UN-WOMEN and ELECAM, came up with strategies enabling the physical, legal and political leadership of female candidates, encouraging the role of women within political parties, implementing gender equalityand adopting programmes and agendas for the elections awaited.