In 2018 a new executive board was elected: Becky Bissong Tchonko took over as President, Patience Wirngo continued on as Secretary, Dorothy Ndikum - Treasurer, Hortensia Ntaine - Finance Secretary, Cynthia Sabtala is in-charge of the web and former President -Sidonie Sikoua is the Advisor.
The chapter has been very actively running worksops in the lead up to the October 2018 elections and beyond.
The chapter had its beginnings around 1997, when Madeleine Membe signed on as the first Cameroonian member of IAWRT while attending a refresher course in Radio Duetsche Welle, followed by Olivia Tumajong in 1999. These two members proposed hosting a regional meeting in the year 2000 in Douala, the country’s economic capital. At the time, Gundel Krauss Dahl was the international President. This meeting was organized on the eve of the liberalization of the media landscape in the country, which saw the birth of several private radios, and some television stations.
Gundel’s invaluable support reinforced the commitment of the pioneer members to the vision of IAWRT. By the end of the meeting, which also included capacity building for female broadcasters of rural radio stations, about 15 new members joined the ranks of IAWRT. The Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) project was launched in 2006, and lasted until the northewr area became too dangerous to work in.
In 2007, during the biennial conference in Kenya, Cameroon gained the status of a chapter. It organised a meeting that brought together female broadcasters from the Central African sub region. The focus was on what role media women in the sub region can play to bring about peace and stability in a context of war and other conflict situations.
Despite several ups and downs in terms of membership, Cameroon has succeeded in keeping an active membership base, with founding member Madeline Memb going on to serve on the IAWRT international board.followed in 2015 by Pochi Tamba Nsoh, elected as the board Secretary. In February 2016, respected journalist and long time member of IAWRT Cameroon, Sidonie Pongmoni took over as the head of the Cameroon chapter and Becky Bissong Tchonko took up the reigns in 2018.
Head, Cameroon Chapter
Becky Bissong Tchonko
Cynthia Sabtala (web)
Sidonie Sikoua (co-opted advisor)
P.O. Box 13187 Yaounde
chapter head: 6 99 90 87 25; Secretary: 6 74 77 81 04.