The awareness raising campaign organized by FIDA Cameroon on the 17th of October 2020 marked the beginning of activities in the implementation of her project themed “Eradicating Violence against Women and Girls through Advocacy and Social change in the South West and North West regions of Cameroon”. With support from the AWDF (African Women’s Development Fund), this project is designed to be carried out in the two English speaking regions of Cameroon. This campaign hence, is the first phase (wave) as far awareness raising is concerned, the second, being anticipated to take place in Bamenda.
FIDA Cameroon mobilized staff and volunteers in the city of Mutengene with the common goal to sensitize population on key issues on Violence Against Women and Girls, namely, the various forms of violence and its consequences, available laws, psycho-social support services, health care services and safe homes where they can refer survivors to. This Campaign consisted of sharing of flyers and pasting of posters in strategic areas across the city.
The official launch of her project titled “Making Violence Against Women and Girls history in the South West and North West regions of Cameroon” successfully took place at the Holiday Inn Resort Hotel, Limbe on the 30th of September 2020. The project is implemented with the technical and financial support of the UNTF and shall be running for three years. with the overall aim to fight against GBV in the English speaking regions of Cameroon.
After presenting the situation of violence against women and girls in Cameroon, the National President of FIDA Cameroon outlined some of the factors contributing to the perpetration of these acts of violence:
- Lack of legal reform,
- Gaps in existing laws,
- Non-compliance with ratified treaties,
- Repugnant customs.
Hence, intense advocacy, capacity building workshops, lobbying amongst others, shall be FIDA’s course of action for these three years. This inaugural event was attended by various stakeholders – the Sub-Divisional Delegate of Women Empowerment and Family, Lawyers, Policy Makers, Religious and Traditional Authorities, – who all pledged their full support in this fight.
Group Photograph – MAKING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN AND GIRLS HISTORY: PROJECT LAUNCH, LIMBE, SW, CAMEROON
Media houses covered the event. find the links below:
The International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Cameroon announces with pride its latest achievement in the fight to end violence against women and girls in Cameroon which is a long term partnership with LUKMEF-Cameroon and the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence against Women and Girls (UNTF)
The outcome of this partnership is an ongoing three year project titled building a community level agenda to end violence against women and girls in Cameroon. Thanks to this project FIDA Cameroon has successfully translated provisions of national and international legislation regulating and punishing violence against women and girls into twelve of Cameroon’s national languages.
FIDA Cameroon will also in the days ahead proceed to organize in six of Cameroons ten regions awareness raising campaigns on violence against women as human rights violations and the benefits of living in a community free of violence against women and girls. This activity shall be carried out through media programs, informative posters pasting and distribution of leaflets as well as organize training workshops for leaders of civil society organizations in the six regions specified in the project namely North West, South West, and Littoral, West, Centre and East regions. A support program for these civil society organizations shall also be put in place for community based mobilization and the recruitment of men/boys into the HeForShe Campaign.
In collaboration with our partners we shall also establish (where absent) or reinforce (where available) six regional Zero tolerance networks of Community Based Organizations with multi-sector actors and provide training and support for about 200 CBO members.
FIDA Cameroon, LUKMEF-Cameroon and other partners are also working within this project’s framework on the publication of bi-annual zero tolerance newsletters. We look forward to collaborating with other members of the civil society in Cameroon for the achievement of this great task.
FIDA Cameroon and its partners continues in their relentless effort to empower strengthen the Cameroonian Women and girl child towards achieving their full potentials in a society free of all forms of violence and discrimination against women.
Together we are stronger.
PROJECT: granted fund to FIDA Cameroon for the production of a publication on the situation of women in crisis and conflict using the particular case and conflict using the particular case of the Bali-Bawock conflict.
The grant funds were used for travelling from Limbe to Bawock village, conducting interviews, production of video CDS and printing and publication of documentation“theBawock woman after the crisis”
PROJECT: programme for increasing women participation. 100 women mayors were trained and 50 women parliamentarian (empowering women for political office 2007).
PROJECT: convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.
PROJECT: funded project seminar/workshop for magistrates and judges of the Anglophone section of the country on gender awareness
PROJECT: Training of Muslim women paralegals
PROJECT: project on Civic education of the woman in the south west region (kumba)
Through the OSIWA supported legal aid clinic project, FIDA has been able to establish functional legal aid clinics in Limbe and kumba, where legal assistance in the form of information dissemination and counseling has been offered to more than 1500 disfavoured women. One key group was the muslim women who have been having access to such important services.
The project has also facilitated the placement of 250 women