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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

International Women's Day in Cameroon

with our pink and green pagne for the event.

March 08 is the date established since 1977 by the United Nations as International Women's Day. Cameroon adopted 8th March from 1986, a year after France. For 25 years Cameroon has had a very colorful and unique way of celebrating International Women's Day. Once again the USE Yaounde group of women marched at the event that takes place on May 20th Boulevard, where the marching is held every year. The March Past Train start at 0945.The theme for this year is Equal Access to Education, Training, Science and Technology. Dancing on the street wearing the green and pink special print pagne truly makes this celebration unique for the women in Cameroon. In the evening restaurants and bars are filled with women who are having a good time celebrating the day, our neighbor is playing loud music and it seems a big group of women are having a party there. Jeff and I went to our local "sports bar" for a burger after we got home. Last year I marched too and wear the pink pagne, this time I choose the color green. I am so glad to experience and be among the women of Cameroon to share the pride of this event. Will post Photos from this event soon. To All Ladies out there Bonne Fete de la Femme!!!!
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