Wednesday, February 24, 2016



Did you know that there was a Saudi Arabia's Women rights' conference without a woman?

Saudi Arabia’s University of Qassim played host to one of the biggest women’s rights conferences in the Arab world. However, the university didn’t think it wise to ensure female attendance. Surprisingly, the institution managed to hold the event without the advice or attendance of a single woman.
In 2012, the University of Qassim — one of the largest educational institutes in Saudi Arabia — decided to organize a Women’s Rights Conference. The event was supposed to be an annual affair. As expected from such conferences, the event was meant to serve as a platform to discuss women’s rights.
Intelligently themed around the topic of “Women in Society,” the conference was supposed to set a benchmark for tolerance and progress in the region. The Saudi university even invited delegates from other nations to be a part of this historic event. Interested and eager, delegates and speakers from more than 15 countries showed up.
However, as is expected from Saudi Arabia — a country firmly ruled by its own interpretation of the Sharia Law — there were no women in attendance for a conference meant to discuss their rights. Still, some “academicians” stress that, though the conference might seem devoid of any females, they could be “attending” the conference from an adjacent building.
The fact that there were no women even at the podium for a women’s rights conference merely corroborates the commitment of the country to keep gender segregation alive and kicking. However, as per the “official” Arab newspaper Okaz, which ran the story last year, two women did attend the conference. But the newspaper didn’t confirm where they were seated for this historic event that discussed the hotly-avoided topic of women’s rights.
Though there are multiple prophets who interpret Sharia Law as per their own understanding, as per Saudi Arabia’s understanding, women are never to seat right next to men, even during such intimate occasions as a marriage.
Saudi Arabia is one of the small clusters of Muslim countries that do not accord even basic human rights to women. Besides mandating a male chaperone every time a woman steps out, Saudi Arabia prohibits a woman from stepping out after sunset or even driving on the roads.
Hence, this conference was certainly a surprise for international media, which hoped Saudi Arabia might be softening its hardened stand against women’s rights. Unfortunately, the conference merely cemented it. It comes as no surprise that Saudi Arabia is still ranked 127th out of 136 countries for gender parity.

Minister MOUELLE KOMBI Narcisse chairs 83rd edition of Sha'atang Festival

Chairing the “SHA’ATANG” annual festival of the Mbaw Yakum people of the Bambalang village in the Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region under the theme “PRESERVING OUR ENVIRONMENT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION AND EMERGENCE OF OUR CULTURE”, Minister Mouelle KOMBI Narcisse of the Arts & Culture Ministry in Cameroon expressed overwhelming joy over the rich cultural heritage and diversity found . A village he knew via the excellent leadership of sons like late Fon Fosi YAKUM NTAW, the present cabinet secretary of the star building Ghogomu Mingo paul, veteran voice of the state media Ephraim BANDA GHOGOMU, to name these, he gladly touches the realities with his palms and is proud to see a people jealously preserve the heritage and legacy of a land  for the next generation to uphold. Speaking during the 83rd edition of the SHA'ATANG festival, HE MOUELLE KOMBI Narcisse promised to fund initiatives that project the cultural beauty and valor of the nation.

 The Mbaw-Yakum people of Bambalang village, Ndop central Sub Division, Ngoketunjia Division of the North West Region of Cameroon Saturday February 20th  2016 received the Ministers words as a blessing to the land of Bambalang. Observing their annual cultural festival “SHA’ATANG under the distinguished patronage of H.E Mouelle Kombi Narcisse, Minister of Arts and Culture was not only a blessing to them, but receiving his beautiful promises, was a source of hope.

Talking to Mr. Ghogomu Ezekiel Nkonki (Publisher of Mbaw-Yakum Outline) the “SHA’ATANG” according to him originated during the reign of Fon Ghogomu in the 1920’s. Speaking on stone FM radio, he revealed that “during the reign of Fon Ghogomu, this festival was celebrated in rememberance of a late fon. Done within 9days to spare his anger, cultural activities were organised to animate the gathering.  The villagers will cut off from their daily activities to celebrate the Fon's legacy and receive his blessings for a new season.