Cameroon’s Minister of Women Empowerment and the Family, Professor Marie Therese Abena Ondoa has launched activities to mark the day of the African woman in Ngaoundere .
The event will also see the launching of a social cohesion house in the locality of the ghan in the Mbere division of the Adamawa region. This year African Women’s day will be celebrated under the theme, female leadership and women’s political participation.
As women still grapple with political assertiveness in Africa, many gender experts are of the opinion that African African governments need to do more to promote women into top positions.
A report from the African Development Bank (AfDB) says that Africa has the best record among emerging regions of getting women into top business posts. But women still make up just 14% of the boards of major African companies.
The AfDB says urgent action needs to be taken and recommends that publicly-listed companies should be required to have women in senior management.
“To break the glass ceiling in Africa, we urgently need to bring women on corporate boards,” the AfDB’s envoy on gender Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi said.
The report looks at the biggest companies in 12 African countries and found that one in seven board members are women.
The commemoration of the International Day of the African woman is therefor a forum for stakeholders to reflect and make sure Africa’s strong economic growth includes its most talented women at the top.