Sixteen Days of Activism against Gender Violence

16 days of activism: Vice Chancellor and students say “NO” to Violence against women and girls in Cameroon.

Date: Monday, December 14, 2015

Vice Chancellor (second from left in orange), Regional Delegate of Women’s empowerment and the family (fourth from left) and UN staff say “NO” to violence against women in Cameroon. Photo credit: UN Women
Vice Chancellor (second from left in orange), Regional Delegate of Women’s empowerment and the family (fourth from left) and UN staff say “NO” to violence against women in Cameroon. Photo credit: UN Women
Buea, Cameroon 6 December 2015 - The Vice Chancellor of the University of Buea-Cameroon and the entire university community has highlighted the need of having a campus void of violence against women and girls. They have also hailed the United Nations, particularly UN Women Cameroon on the strides made in ending violence against women.

We are all surrounded by activities of violence, with the latest killing in California-USA, perpetrated by a couple. Violence is an important theme in our society today”, The Vice Chancellor of the state University of Buea, Pr. Nalova Lyonga, regrets. She added that equal opportunities must also be provided to both sexes if violence against women and girls must become history. “The two sexes must have access and the same opportunities to all facilities that belong to humanity”, the Vice Chancellor stressed.

The University community took the engagement to guard against violence against women. It was taken during a round table discussion which was part of activities to commemorate the 16 days of activism to end violence against women and girls, organized by the United Nations System in Cameroon in collaboration with Women for a Changed Cameroon on 4 December 2015 in the University of Buea.

The main objective of the round table conference was to sensitize the University community on violence against women, but equally to spur the university to have a campus free from violence against women. Discussions focused on the theme “Ensuring gender equality: making education safe for all”.

Family photo after round-table discussions with University authorities, UN Staff and a cross section of students. Photo credit: UN Women
Family photo after round-table discussions with University authorities, UN Staff and a cross section of students. Photo credit: UN Women

From the presentations of the United Nations Gender thematic group by Julie Mballa, the University of Buea by Dr Christie Abonge and the government by the South West Regional Delegate for Women’s empowerment and the family, Judith Moffah, it was noted that: the struggle to end violence against women should be a combined efforts; education is a fundamental human rights; gender education is imperative and that perpetrator of violence should be severely punished for nothing can justify violence against women.