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Online Violence Against Women

The internet has become an unsafe cyber space for women who have in recent years used the social media as a platform to voice their issues. It is rather unfortunate that the cyber space which was termed ‘safe’ at the beginning of its creation, is now used to harass, blackmailed or portrayed women as sexual objects for financial gains. Freedom of expression online is speedily turning into a luxury. My colleagues and I, (Pedmia Shatu and Gnoukapasi Martial) carried out a mobile campaign to educate people on the ills of online violence against women and the proper use of the … Continue reading Online Violence Against Women

Bamenda Regional Hospital Re-brands Nursery/Neonatology Ward

For over 16 years, the Nursery also known as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), at the Bamenda regional hospital has been described by many as a “prison” rather than a safe haven for premature babies. This was due to the offensive sight of the ward which was dangerous to the babies. On the 5th of February 2020, this notion was destroyed by the administration of the hospital during the launch of the renovated Neonatology ward. Most babies admitted to the NICU are preterm (born before 37 weeks of pregnancy), have low birth weight (less than 5.5 pounds), or have … Continue reading Bamenda Regional Hospital Re-brands Nursery/Neonatology Ward

GBV: The need for more emergency safe houses in NW/SW Regions

In times of crisis, setting up safe and confidential systems so that survivors of GBV can stay, be it with family or in other undisclosed locations is an emergency response overlooked in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon despite the increase in GBV cases due to the Anglophone crisis.  According to a study carried out by International Rescue Committee, more than 85% of respondents said women and girls experience rape, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence, denial of resources/opportunities, psychological abuse, physical violence, and early marriage. More than 70% have expressed an increase in security concerns affecting women and … Continue reading GBV: The need for more emergency safe houses in NW/SW Regions

Invisible Girls and Monday Babies: The untold consequences of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

The ongoing crisis has not only bore hardship on the people of the NW and SW regions but has increased the sexual activity of  young girls and boys, thereby exposing them to teenage pregnancies. Since the crisis started in 2016, schools and other activities that kept youths occupied have been suspended. Most youths have moved into the bushes, either as “freedom fighters” or IDPs, thereby becoming invisible. This set of youths have little or no access to contraceptives, leaving the girls vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, STDs and other related diseases. Some teenage pregnancies are the end product of rape. From … Continue reading Invisible Girls and Monday Babies: The untold consequences of Cameroon’s Anglophone Crisis

Bamenda Breathes New air as Hysacam resumes field work

The management of Hysacam has launched a cleaning campaign dubbed “Operation Keep Bamenda Clean”, calling on inhabitants of the city to accompany them in securing its cleanliness. For months now, the people of Bamenda have been struggling to deal with huge piles of dirt abandoned in markets, major junctions and streets. Streams have gradually become dumping sites. In markets, you can find customers and sellers fighting with flies and other rodents for ownership of food items. Buying or selling food items beside these heaps of dirt is increasingly becoming a normal phenomenon in Bamenda.  Those who suffer the most are … Continue reading Bamenda Breathes New air as Hysacam resumes field work

CCMN: NW Journalists set to promote Sustainable development

Almost four years after the Anglophone crisis started in the NW/SW regions of Cameroon, the population is still anxious and on edge as they go about their daily lives. Community development now sounds like a dream as social facilities have been destroyed, agricultural activities disrupted and the health sector drained. Aim at promoting peace and community development, Cameroon Community Media Network (CCMN) provides a safe space for journalists to create platforms with special focus on the effects of the crisis on communities, so actors involved in the crisis can seek long lasting solutions. To achieve this, CCMN under the “peace … Continue reading CCMN: NW Journalists set to promote Sustainable development