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Stakeholders urged to respect gender in election management

Media practitioners in Cameroon have been urged to respect gender in the management of elections. The call was made by the Resident Representative of UN Women in Cameroon, Adama Moussa, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, during a workshop in Yaounde.

The workshop, organised by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality (UN Women) and the National Communication Council (NCC) was intended to drill reporters on the respect of gender approach in the management of elections in Cameroon, especially in an electoral year like 2018.

The Resident Representative of UN Women, Adama Moussa, further stated that the workshop was intended to encourage female participation in political affairs and other decision making processes in Cameroon.

He said UN Women is equally championing the fight against female discrimination and gender-related prejudice, while gunning for equal gender consideration in the professional milieu by 2030.

“This training is intended to highlight three important points; Sensitise and ensure that both sexes report on elections in the country, encourage more women as panellists in political debates, and to urge journalists who are opinion leaders to underscore the potentials of women in leadership and decision making process,” Adama Moussa told the press.

Meanwhile, the President of the National Communication Council, Peter Essoka, encouraged women not to shy away from debates and have confidence in themselves.

President National Communication Council, Peter Essoka

To him, if more talks are done on female participation in the political life of the country, it will serve as a booster to them.

Peter Essoka said it was incumbent on reporters to be equipped with the necessary skills ahead of elections in the country.

He said the NCC is preparing programmes and seminars on women empowerment and how to shun hate speeches in the society while analysing situations. Going by him, hate speech and unbalance reports fuel social tension which can be avoided.