USA Celebrates Women’s Contributions

Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, Cultural Affairs Specialist Gladys Viban, and program participants at the Les Nanas awards ceremony in Yaounde on April 28, 2016 in Yaounde.
Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II, Cultural Affairs Specialist Gladys Viban, and program participants at the Les Nanas awards ceremony in Yaounde on April 28, 2016 in Yaounde. [USEYde Photo]
On April 28, the U.S. Embassy was honored to attend the “Les Nanas” awards ceremony organized by Fidele Djebba for 20 women from all ten regions of Cameroon between the ages of 15-30 who have offered strong contributions in the fields of health, agriculture, energy, women’s rights, entrepreneurship, environmental protection, and many others. See Facebook album of program: https://www.facebook.com/yaounde.usembassy/photos/?tab=album&album_id=10156850671040716.

In their remarks, Public Affairs Officer Roberto Quiroz II and Cultural Affairs Specialist Gladys Viban underscored that the United States was proud to sponsor the event because it honored the immense talents and real contributions of Cameroonian women and girls. “Everybody is somebody, nobody is a nobody. It is inspiring to see how you all have done so much and overcome obstacles to lift others to great heights. You make us proud!” said Ms. Viban.

In his remarks, Mr. Quiroz said: “While there are challenges in all nations, there is much that is going right in Cameroon today and these award winners prove it. Cameroonian women like Fidele Djebba and them doing extraordinary things for their fellow citizens, and setting an example for us all. They prove at their age that there are citizens offering Cameroonian solutions to Cameroonian challenges. When people ask how can things improve in Cameroon, we say look at this stage and at these great women from all regions and different ages. They exemplify a commitment to unite as Cameroonians, and are living examples that every citizen can offer their talents to serve their country and promote development in all sectors. America is proud to support your own ideas and aspirations. Congratulations, on est ensemble!”