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International Women’s Day 2023

MINESEC Women, at the Heart of Digitalization.

Weeklong activities leading up to the celebration of the 38th edition of the International Women’s Day ended with pump and fanfare in MINESEC

The ball was set rolling in the Ministry of Secondary Education with a capacity building seminar on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs). This was the major innovative activity this year’s international women’s day celebration in MINESEC as explained by the gender focal point of MINESEC, Mme. Bernadette MBIAH epse Sansi.

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From the 02 to the 07 of March 2023, women of the central and external services of the Ministry of Secondary Education took turns in building their capacities in Information and Communication Technologies at the Teachers’ Resource Center in Yaoundé.

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Then ensued a panel discussion on the IWD 2023 theme “Digit ALL: Innovation and Technology for Gender Equality”, moderated by Technical Adviser No. 03 at the Ministry of Secondary Education, Mme Poss Mangong Marie Julie Elise. During this discussion, panelists underscored the importance of protecting the rights of women and girls in digital spaces and addressing online gender-based violence. They emphasized the need for an inclusive and transformative technology and digital education which is crucial for a sustainable future. The theme is aligned with the priority theme for the 67th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women CSW – 67 “Innovation and technological change, and education in the digital age for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”. 

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True to its tradition of ensuring the health and wellbeing of the women, a free eye screening campaign was on the menu. According Dr. WANYANG, née MAINDURYANG Madeleine, sub-director in charge of health in the Department of guidance counselling, school life and educational assistance, eye problems are the most frequent health issue recorded in her department. That is why it was deemed necessary for a free eye screening campaign to be carried out. A culinary art exhibition, showcasing menus from the four cultural areas of Cameroon was also done by the women.

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All these activities culminated in a beautiful parade at the 20th May ceremonial ground after which Prof Nalova Lyonga, Minister of Secondary Education, offered an exquisite cocktail to the staff of her ministerial department.

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K. T. Lois Ngek


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