Ever since the start of the 11 months old Anglophone crisis which has paralyze the two English regions of the country, the all-time present debate of gender equality has remain a thing of the past, not least within the debate of the fight for “Anglophone freedom”
The movement which has seen the country undergone drastic and dramatic reforms to appease the disgruntled Anglophone minority is showing no sign of ending too soon.
The people of North West and south west regions had taken to the streets to decry what many say is systemic marginalization which has kept them in endless state of poverty by the francophone majority and wanted their rights back
The protests which started as strike action of lawyers and teachers quickly metamorphosed into a secessionist movement following a brutal government crackdown and the fight has been far 11 months after
But for the few women who took to the streets with their fellow male colleagues to protest what they termed legal assimilation, the women of the Anglophone extraction have largely remain inactive all through the crisis in an era where one can hardly go a day without a girl or woman reminding those who care to listen that men and women must have equal share on the decision making table. Touting their progress made so far in bridging the male female divide in all sector.
For gender equality activists who had championed the call for an end to discrimination against women and put more pressure on the government to include them in decision making positions in the country, many would have thought they will champion the call for a course which mirrors what they have been fighting and indeed wining for the better part of the 21st century with the massive support of their male counterpart-systemic discrimination
In a campaign that saw the birth of social media power in Cameroon, new heroes at home and abroad and shows a government in panic mode and for once under pressure to yields to the demands of the people, the women of this part of the world shocked many by refusing to lead for the first time when the opportunity did arrive.
The women shy away from taking radical or affective stance against the government, shy from being part of the now outlawed consortium and when the government went after the banned consortium leaders alongside others in a senseless spade of arrests, women were largely spared as the men suffered the brunt even when their main mantra was that law officers “raped girls in Buea”
As the Anglophone crisis gradually takes a violent tone with a crazy burning of properties by unknown men, history might hold that the women in this part of the country who largely shy away from taking up any position of responsibility when the doors were flank wide open probably saw what no n really could see.