Focused group discussions

Focused group discussions

The struggle for equality, justice, peace and development among men and women started far back in the 1900’s with the 1st national women’s day observed in the United States on the 1909. In 1977 the 8th of March was declared by the United Nations as the International Women’s day. International Women’s Day first emerged from the activities of labour movements at the turn of the twentieth century in North America and across Europe. Since those early years, International Women’s Day has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries alike. The growing international women’s movement, which has been strengthened by four global United Nations women’s conferences, has helped make the commemoration a rallying point to build support for women’s rights and participation in the political and economic arenas (UNWomen).
Promoting gender equality and improving the status of women in Cameroon is at the top of its development priorities as the Ministry of Women Empowerment, Protection and the Family has been mandated with the sole responsibility to address all issues affecting women. Every year, Cameroon joins the international community to commemorate the International women’s day in its plight to answer the global call for equality, peace, justice and empowerment.
In order to create great impact, each year a theme is set to guide activities, discussions and debates. UNWomen’s theme to commemorate this year’s International women’s Day is “A promise is a promise:- time for action to end violence against women” .
In Cameroon gender based violence most especially violence against women is still on a rise as thousands of women are unlawfully harassed, sexually assaulted and raped on daily bases. This is mostly concurrent among young girls who are defenseless and lack the ability to stand up to their aggressors or even share their problems, as they are constrained by culture, societal norms and the limitations of the country’s legal system to take action against perpetrators of this acts. A clear example is the 2012 incident in Minboman Village Yaounde where 10 young girls were found dead during the festive season after been sexually assaulted.
According to the 2011 country report on human rights by the UNHRC although the law does prohibit discrimination based on gender and mandates that “everyone has equal rights and obligations.” The government does not put enough efforts to enforce these provisions effectively, hence violence and discrimination still prevails. This as such provides a gate way for perpetrators who risk little if caught.
According to the Campaign against rape and incest in Cameroon carried out by German agency for International cooperation, 5.2% (432.833) girls and women have been raped, 18% of every one out of five, raped by family members, 9% victims of collective rape, 11%victimes raped at least 3 times by different person. Concluding that rape in Cameroon is increasing exponentially which if not tackled may lead to alarming negative impact. The results of this unlawful act exposes girls to unwanted pregnancy, STI’s, results to pain and life time trauma, school drop outs, lack of self esteem, frustration, fear and self disgust.
As we join the international community in commemorating this year’s celebration, anchoring on this year’s theme, we hope to increase visibility in these issues and increase greater awareness among young girls in our community. We look forward to organize a special session of D’ Girl Initiative our girls mentoring program out to transform and inspire young girls in our community with special focus on violence against women :- Rape and Incest.
Goal: Increase youths awareness on Gender based Violence with special focus on young girl in the Buea, SWR- Cameroon.
• Organize a one day workshop rape and incest.
• Communicate the effect of GBV and encourage denunciation of perpetrators to break the silence.
• Create a forum to permit girls open up, find comfort and get the opportunity to get justice.

Working in collaboration with the Ministry of youth’s empowerment and ministry of women affairs and the family.

Program: Violence against Women:- RAPE and INCEST (2nd March 2013)

Venue: Youth Center




9:00 – 9:30am Arrival of participants and registration Participants
9:30 -9:35am Opening prayer and presentation of day’s program MC/facilitator
9:35 – 9:45am Word of Welcome RUWDEC
9:45 – 10:00am Opening address MINPROFF/MINJEUN
10:00- 11:10am Gender based violence
11:10- 11:20am Energizer Facilitator
11:20–12:20pm Video projection (Rape and incest)
12:20- 12:35pm Group discussion Participants
12:35- 1:05pm Group presentation and mentoring Participants/MINPROFF
1:05 – 1:30pm Family photograph
Closing remark


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