On International Women's Day - Mission 21 and its partners in Cameroon

Angeline Njotu, director of the WEELP education program. Photo: Mission 21

In 1975, the United Nations celebrated the "United Nations Day for Women's Rights and World Peace" for the first time on March 8, as part of the International Year of Women proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. So in 1975, the UN made the cause of equal rights for all women a global, politically broad-based day of action and celebrates the day with a different focus each year. In 2021, the focus is on "Women in Leadership - For an Equal Future in a COVID-19 World."

Mission 21 sees itself as part of the work; together with our partner churches and organizations, we are committed to gender justice worldwide. Therefore, on the occasion of International Women's Day, we would like to highlight the women's work of our partner church in Cameroon. The Christian Women Fellowship (CWF) has been championing the cause of women within the Presbyterian Church (PCC) since 1961.

"Diamond Jubilee of Women's Work in Cameroon".

CWF celebrates this anniversary solemnly; in her letter on 60 years of activity, Angeline Njotu, director of the education program, calls it a "DIamond Jubilee." Indeed, women's ministry has accomplished much within the Presbyterian Church. Women have persistently won more leadership positions within the church, have been able to bring in women's interests more strongly, and are also confidently registering claims and needs.

Angeline Njotu points out that there are still significantly more women and girls with major educational deficits than men and boys. Closing this gap is one of the great challenges for the Presbyterian Church. Also in view of the current crises, the civil war in the Anglophone part of Cameroon that has been going on since 2016 and the problems caused by the Corona pandemic, there should be more security, more support for women.

Mission 21 supports the PCC in its work - and especially the women of the church in their efforts to obtain equal rights. Even 46 years after the first UN World Women's Day, much remains to be done - in Cameroon and worldwide - to make equal rights for women a reality worldwide.

► Read Christian Women Fellowship Anniversary Letter (In English)

► Support for the education and women's work of the PCC in Cameroon

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