What is International Women’s Day?

5 March 2013

International Women’s Day 2013 takes place this Friday, March 8!

International Women’s Day was first celebrated on February 28, 1909 in the United States. It evolved along with the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which took place during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States and soon after in other parts of the world as a call for the equal rights to life, work, and pay of women to men.

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On International Women’s Day, we recognize and honor the women of importance to us–our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, wives, friends, etc. Traditionally around the world, men pay homage to women on this day by gifting their significant others with a symbolic gester, or attending a local event or parade in honor of women.

CFDP will certainly be following suit this International Women’s Day. As is done for most holiday celebrations in Cameroon, CFDP will observe Women’s Day this Friday night with a party full of food, drink, games, and speakers to recognize the women who work with our team in Kumba, Cameroon.

As an organization, we look forward to commemorating International Women’s Day this week. But for CFDP, women’s rights and young female development is a cause we work to promote every day. There is a historical misconception that sport is a men’s game and in Cameroon this holds as true as it does in many other countries around the world. Our operating team in Kumba has noted the difficulty of engaging young women in sporting programs in comparison to male participation.

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However, CFDP currently implements a “Girls Can Play” project that seeks specifically to recruit young Cameroonian girls to partake in our programs.Our team leaders track the number of girls versus boys in attendance at each of our after-school and community center-based programs throughout the greater Kumba region to ensure that female attendance is always improving. At CFDP, we believe that sport can be used as a vehicle for female youth development.

Thanks for taking the time to read about CFDP and International Women’s Day. Also, be sure to tune in to our Twitter feed @cameroonFDP this week for our coverage–videos, blog stories, etc.–of the holiday.

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