Women Empowerment. President Biya Appoints First Female Charge de Mission At the Unity Palace

Mrs Habissou Bidoung was appointed by President Paul Biya on May 9, 2018 as Chargé de mission at the Civil Cabinet of the Presidency of the Republic.

President Paul Biya has again demonstrated through his actions, that he is a promoter of equality and justice. The President of the Republic has as usual put women on the fore by appointing Mrs Habissou Bidoung, as the first ever female Chargé de Mission at the Presidency of the Republic. The appointment of a woman to such a high level State functionary is another testimony of President Biya’s attachment to gender promotion and women emancipation in the country. The desire for a fair representation of women in decision making positions across many countries in the world is a reality in Cameroon. Today, women are holding significant leadership positions in the administration and military. Today, Cameroon counts nine female members of government. In administration, there are two female Senior Divisional Officers and a handful of Divisional Officers appointed by the Head of State to head administrative units in the country. This is a true demonstration of President Biya’s willingness to promote gender equality. He did not only create a full ministry for the empowerment of women and the promotion of family but has also been promoting women to important leadership positions.

The appointment of Habissou Bidoung at the Unity Palace on May 9, 2018 as Chargé de Mission confirms the Head of State’s support for the promotion of gender as he fully supports the He4She campaign launched in Cameroon by the United Nations in 2016.

Habissou Bidoung,a seasoned educationist holds a Doctoral Degree in Philosophy and Science of Education from the University of Unet in Madrid, Spain. Before her appointment, she was National Pedagogic Inspector in the Ministry of Secondary Education in charge of Espagnol.

She also occupies senior functions at the charity organisation of the First Lady, Mrs Chantal Biya. In 2002, she was appointed to Head of Gifts Management Section at Chantal Biya Foundation.  In 2005, she was again propelled to the position of Secretary General of the Chantal Biya Foundation.

Mrs Bidoung’s appointment is also seen as a mark of promoting national integration given that she hails from the North Region of Cameroon. This is to say that the Head of State does not discriminate with appointments as he appoints every competent Cameroonian to any post of responsibility. The mother of four is indeed a true example of national integration and living together as she is married in the Centre Region of the country.

Shawn-Nathan Epang

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