11, (Xinhua/GNA) - Cameroon's Minister of Territorial Administration Paul
Atanga Nji on Wednesday praised traditional rulers in three northern regions of
the country for appointing women for the first time ever to head important
an innovation. Everybody knows that chieftaincy is a kind of conservative
organization in Cameroon and even in Africa reserved for men.
But for once
some traditional leaders have agreed to appoint women to work with them, I
think this is a very good example," Nji said here during a ceremony to
reward the rulers.
attended by diplomatic representatives in Cameroon, was a chance to show
Cameroon's "unflinching" drive to enhance women empowerment and
emancipation, he added. "This is a clear sign that women are treated
equally in Cameroon.
notables should work hand in hand with their traditional leaders so that others
who are still reticent can follow the same initiative," Nji said.
officials, women's rights and freedoms have been undermined over the years in
the three northern regions of Far North, North, and Adamawa.
But the new
move could be a game-changer, Nji said.