The Cameroon Association of women in the Media, better known by its French acronym as AFMEC is a professional media association – product of the 2018 “IVLP on demand” Fellows.
It was created in Yaoundé on August 30 2018 at the close of a 4 capacity building symposium to equip female journalists in view of an efficient and gender- sensitive reporting of the October the 7th Presidential election.
The symposium that was sponsored by the US Embassy in Cameroon featured a restitution of the experiences gathered by the 6 female journalists who benefited in the US Department of State Programme
The Cameroon Association of women in the Media, better known by its French acronym as AFMEC is a professional media association, with the registration number reg. No. 00000053 of the 29 January 2020.
Although AFMEC is just 3 years old, we can say that our past record includes:
– The successful organization of a 4 day Capacity building symposium for women journalist in August 2018 that was financed by the US Embassy. Although the activity was organized under the cover of the association PLUME D’OR, because we were yet to create a legal and operational structure, it can be verified that all 6 female journalists who participated in the 2018 IVLP on Demand Programme on: “Empowering female Journalists- a Project for Cameroon, April 29th – May 9th 2018, were the main catalysts of the success of that activity. And it was at the end of that meeting in Yaoundé that 43 of the 50 participants endorsed the draft statutes and elected a pioneer bureau to run the affairs of AFMEC. We have also succeeded in organizing a committee meeting during which Zonal coordination representatives were put in place and a plan of action for 2019- 2020 was adopted.
– In July 2019, we organized a second national symposium on the theme: “Ensuring Gender sensitive media coverage of upcoming Council and Legislative Elections in Cameroon”, which regrouped some 80 women working in different arms of the media and drawn from the 10 regions of Cameroon. We have also organized media campaigns to accompany some important national events like #1Woman 1 Vote – to increase the participation of women in political processes like the February 2020 Council and Legislative elections, as well as the annual Campaign dubbed 16 Days of Activism to End Gender Based Violence. For instance, in collaboration with the International Association of Women in Radio and Television – IAWRT, we, in 2018, conducted a pilot study on the effects of Sexual harassment in Media in Cameroon”.
– In line with one of the goals of AFMEC which is develop and strengthen the creative and professional capacities of women in media through trainings and experience sharing, some 18 young media women professionals are rounding off a 6 week- training workshop in Documentary Photography which is a domain that is yet to be fully explored in Cameroon. The free online workshop offered by #femLENS – a Europe –based media organization which builds the skills of women in Documentary photography.
Today we are over 100 registered members working in traditional and online media represented in all ten regions of Cameroon.
- Integrity, professionalism and dignity.
- Promote a national network of friendship and solidarity among media women;
- Develop and strengthen the creative and professional capacities of women in media through trainings and experience sharing;
- Use different media platforms to propose solutions to societal problems.
- Awareness Raising through education and sensitization campaigns;
- Advocacy through the production of content that can wield policy in favor of the promotion of women’s rights;
- Promote ethical and high quality journalism through the organization of contests to reward models;
- Promote professionalism through Capacity building trainings and Experience Sharing.