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

RUWCED Lobby for Sex Education as a subject in Schools

Sexuality, gender, pregnancy, STDs, relationship and sex all need to be discussed in schools as a means of reducing unexpected pregnancies and unsafe abortion among young girls and women in Cameroon. It is at this background that the Rural Women Center for Education and Development (RUWCED), a Non-Governmental organization in the NW region, recommends that sex education should be a whole school approach and address in school cultures, policies and procedures. To strengthen their case, RUWCED has trained stakeholders in the health sector on the importance of sex education in schools, full extend of abortion services provided by the national … Continue reading RUWCED Lobby for Sex Education as a subject in Schools