The 38th edition of the international women’s day celebration has successfully taken place in Buea chief of the South West Region.The day’s celebrations which started in Buea with a march pass by women from all walks of life set off in a colourful ceremony presided by the governor of the South West Region Bernard Okalia Belai.In attendance was municipal and traditional authorities of Fako division who came in their numbers and various capacities to support the women who observed their day under the theme, « Digitalisation : Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality ».From civil society groups, cultural groups, civil Servants and wives of security and defense forces, the women showed up at Bongo Square with one intention; to reanimate their position in a fast changing world while equally calling for the empowerment of the woman and the young girl who have been major victims in the nearly six years old if the anglophone crisis.
Worthy of note is the fact that, the women despised calls for ghost town observation by separatists who claimed the day is of no importance to them.Few kilometres away from Buea central town , the handwriting is not the same in Mile 16, Muea, Ekona, and Muyuka. These areas can still be considered red zones. Here, public space is completely deserted as the women preferred to stay indoors for fear of the unknown.The 38th edition of the international women’s day has come and gone, the way forward for most observers is to see the women blend their knowledge and skills to eventually enhance the shift of mindset from job seeking to job creation.
Rene Isah à Buea