Opening of the First Gender-Sensitive Market and Commercial Centre at Kyeossi

18 June 2013

Laying of Foundation Stone by Minister of Trade

The Cameroon Minister of Trade laid the Foundation Stone for the first Gender-Sensitive Market and Commercial Centre at Kyeossi, frontier town between Cameroon, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, on 19 June, together with the Resident Coordinator of the UN System in Cameroon, the UN Women Representative, in the presence of the Representative of the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family.

Governors of the 3 border regions (South Region of Cameroon, Wolleu-Ntem of Gabon and Kye-Ntem of Equatorial Guinea) assisted at the event which witnessed the official opening of the 4th Central Africa Trans-Border Trade Fair dubbed FOTRAC.

According to the Representative of UN Women in Cameroon, “the economic empowerment of women is one of the 5 key areas of UN Women and is committed since 2008 in Cameroon through the programme PAFICIT (Support for Women in Informal trans-border trade) to include the construction of a Gender Sensitive commercial structure that will permit women to be fully engaged and increase generation of income”.

The total cost for these gender-sensitive commercial structures in Kyeossi, in the South Region, Mora in the Far North Region and Idenau in the South-West Region is 145 million CFA Franc after a feasibility study of 50 million CFA Franc and 40 million CFA Franc for capacity building of women involved in cross border trade.

The Gender Sensitive market or commercial structure carters to women sellers by providing a roof to keep them safe from rain or sun, sleeping space for infants, breast feeding space, hygiene and sanitation facilities like toilets, water pumps, dustbins, and storage facilities including cold rooms. This allows women to stay at the market longer without fear or handicap.

The Minister of Trade lauded the initiative by UN Women and emphasized the commitment of the Government of Cameroon to partner with UN Women through PAFICIT. He proclaimed the initiative as “An excellent example of a new type of partnership for the most vulnerable group of society” and saluted the massive presence of women and men participants at the Trade Fair from Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Chad, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Benin, Togo and Cameroon.

The Mayor of Kyeossi on behalf of the population of the 3 frontier regions as well as the President of Network of Active Women of CEMAC – REFAC, expressed gratitude to UN Women for their “great gift”. The event was widely covered by government officials, commercial agents, women traders, youth and the media.

Talking UN: Sharing the Ideas and Perspectives of the UN’s Leadership

03 April 2012

The UN Information Office (UNO) in Uzbekistan has developed, and as of the 6 April, will launch the ‘Talking UN’ film series. This series will feature a collection of films containing interviews with prominent UN representatives and national partners in Uzbekistan, in which they will discuss their work to achieve the five ‘generational opportunities’ as established by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon during his speech in January 2012.

The five generational opportunities highlighted by the Secretary-General include; sustainable development, the prevention of natural and man-made disasters, the assurance of world safety and security, the provision of support to countries and people in transition, and the promotion of gender empowerment.

Each ‘Talking UN’ episode, of which twelve have been planned, will be presented on the UN in Uzbekistan's website and will be uploaded on a bi-weekly basis. A new episode will feature in every upcoming UN Friday event and will be promoted on the UNO’s website, Facebook page and Twitter accounts.

The ‘Talking UN’ film series has been designed to provide insight into the perspectives and ideas of UN officials in Uzbekistan. It is part of the UNO’s work to ensure transparency and openness of the UN system, and the series will help to achieve this goal.