Gender norms built into sexual violence programmes in the DRC need a rethink

Projects that support Congolese women who have survived gender violence often promote ideal notions of how men and women should behave. Stephen Morrision/EPA Charlotte Mertens, University of Melbourne Sexual and gender-based violence is an enormous problem in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The international focus has been on rape by armed actors, rather than on sexual and gender-based violence more broadly. As a result initiatives have concentrated on combating perpetrators’ impunity and providing medical, legal, psychosocial and economic aid to survivors. But in recent years organisations have included programmes and interventions that challenge societal norms perceived to contribute … Continue reading Gender norms built into sexual violence programmes in the DRC need a rethink

Journalists schooled on humanitarian crisis and response

Over 50 journalists from the Cameroon Community Media Network drawn from the NW, SW and Littoral regions have been drilled on humanitarian crisis/response, conflict sensitive reporting and data journalism. This was during a two days’ workshop organized by the PCC Journalism and Conflict Transformation Project, which took place in Bafoussam from the 19th to the 20th of August 2019. Aimed at equipping journalists with the skills they need to carry out their role in crisis reporting, the workshop provided participants the opportunity to evaluate the humanitarian response system in Cameroon which comes at the backdrop of the socio-political crisis rocking … Continue reading Journalists schooled on humanitarian crisis and response

Anglophone Crisis: Youths as “ambassadors of peace”.

Over 30 youths have been drilled on the importance of peace in the society and the role they can play in advocating for peace and conflict resolution. This was during a workshop that took place at the Bamenda Regional hospital multipurpose hall, organized by Pedmia Shatu Tita, a journalist and peace advocate on Friday August 9 2019 under the theme “youths facilitating the peace process in Cameroon”. The training session which lasted about 6 hours focused on youths’ participation in peace building especially in Cameroon and conflict transformation. According to Rosaline Obah, a facilitator and peace advocate, conflict transformation means transforming … Continue reading Anglophone Crisis: Youths as “ambassadors of peace”.

United Nations Development Programme Breaks its Silence on the Anglophone Crisis

18 local civil society organizations in the North West and South West regions have been awarded an initial grant worth 180 million CFA Francs (300.000 dollars), from the United Nations Development Programme and the government of Japan, to strengthen early recovery in the two regions. The projects also aims at supporting economic recovery and promote social cohesion in crisis affected communities. It is for this reason that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UNDP and the CSOs on the 31st of July 2019, at Hotel LA Falaise, Douala. Out of 60 project proposals received, 18 projects with focus … Continue reading United Nations Development Programme Breaks its Silence on the Anglophone Crisis

Two kidnapped Medical doctors released in Bamenda

Doctor Dobgima Walters Pisoh, a Gynecologist obstetrician, and wife, Doctor Fotso Sandrine, a General Practitioner with the People’s Clinic have been released after spending 24hours in captivity. They were released late on Thursday July 18th 2019 but it is not clear if a ransom was paid for their release. Dr Pisoh and wife were abducted early on Wednesday at their residence at the Nchoubou neighbourhood in Bamenda by unidentified gunmen. Dr Dobgima Walters Pisoh worked with the Yaounde University Teaching Hospital. He also teaches at the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University Of Bamenda. Cases of kidnapping are reported … Continue reading Two kidnapped Medical doctors released in Bamenda