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

COMINSUD COACHES BROADCASTERS AND SOCIAL ACTORS ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

The ongoing armed conflict in the North West and South West regions has not only affected the socio-political and economic aspects of these regions but has left many vulnerable people especially women, girls and children exposed to Gender Based Violence (GBV). This worsening situation calls for the improvement of communication on GBV/SRH, to create awareness, sensitized the population and cause behavioral change. It is for this reason that COMINSUD with the support of UNFPA organized a one day workshop for over 35 broadcast and Social Media actors in the North West region, to arm them with GBV/SRH content as well … Continue reading COMINSUD COACHES BROADCASTERS AND SOCIAL ACTORS ON GENDER BASED VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH

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

Medicins du monde Suisse schools NW journalists on GBV

Gender-based violence has been on the rise since the Anglophone crisis started in the North West and South West regions. Girls, women, children, and men have experienced violence either physically, emotionally or psychologically. The information was revealed by Fuh George Kisob, communication officer of Medicin du Monde during a one day workshop for professional and student journalists in Bamenda on the 1st of June 2019. Organized by Medicins du Monde, the workshop served as a platform for participants to get an in-depth understanding of GBV.Participants were also drilled on the meaning of Gender and Gender-based violence which are some key … Continue reading Medicins du monde Suisse schools NW journalists on GBV

Breaking the Silence: Empowering Girls to fight Social barriers

Despite the precarious security challenges in the North West Region, Baya Social Enterprise is holding on to its commitment to break the social barriers of society that limits girls and women empowerment. For decades, society has told girls to have ambitions, be successful but not to an extent that will threaten a man. See each other as competitors, not for jobs but for men’s attention. The society has taught girls they can’t be sexual beings in the ways boys are. Sex and relationships should not be discussed at home but in schools and when appropriate. These traditional norms, accompanied by … Continue reading Breaking the Silence: Empowering Girls to fight Social barriers