International Women’s Day

UN Women lauded for its humanitarian interventions towards refugee women in Cameroon

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016

While officially launching the 31st edition of International Women’s Day in Cameroon, the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Ambassador of Japan to Cameroon and UN Women Representative equally visited and inaugurated key activities being executed by UN Women in favour of female refugees in the east.

Bertoua-Cameroon 26 February 2016.  Cameroon  Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family Pr Marie Theres Abena Ondoa and the Ambassador of Japan to Cameroon H.E Kunio OKAMURA have  praised UN Women for providing life-saving integrated gender based violence (GBV) services and protection for women and girls in the East Region of Cameroon.

From L-R, Ambassador of Japan, Minister of Women’s Empowerment, Governor of the East Region, Representative of UN Women Cameroon cutting the ribbon for the Call Centre in Bertoua. Photo credit: J Fajong/UN Women
From L-R, Ambassador of Japan, Minister of Women’s Empowerment, Governor of the East Region, Representative of UN Women Cameroon cutting the ribbon for the Call Centre in Bertoua. Photo credit: J Fajong/UN Women

They both expressed satisfaction during the ceremony to inaugurate a Call Centre for gender based violence and the award of attestation to some 150 police officers who were trained on how to effectively protect women and children during humanitarian crises.  

Prior to the inaugural ceremony, the Minister and Ambassador equally made similar remarks as they visited the Social Cohesion Space at the Gado-Badzere refugee camp, put in place for refugee women and girls by UN Women.

 “I will like to extend my appreciation to UN Women and other development partners in assisting the government by ensuring that the psychosocial and economic needs of women and girls refugees are provided”, the Minister said.

She described the Call Centre as “innovative”, adding that it is in line with government’s efforts in eradicating GBV.

The Japanese Ambassador expressed satisfaction over the successful execution rate of the US$ 1000.000 Project funded by the government of Japan. The Minister Plenipotentiary told the high level delegation at the inaugural ceremony that the project on the provision of life saving services and protection for women and girls is “Japan’s contribution for peace and security in Cameroon”.

Minister, Ambassador of Japan and UN Women Representative flanked by Police officers during award of attestation after training on protecting women and children during humanitarian crises. Photo credit: J Fajong/UN Women
Minister, Ambassador of Japan and UN Women Representative flanked by Police officers during award of attestation after training on protecting women and children during humanitarian crises. Photo credit: J Fajong/UN Women

Speaking during the ceremony, the Representative of UN Women Cameroon, Adama Moussa, explained that the Call Centre, Gender Desk and the Social Cohesion Spaces are just part of a package from the project funded by the government of Japan to provide access to quality services and protection of survivors and those at risk by GBV, community sensitization on GBV issues, HIV/AIDS and refugee women’s rights as well as assistance to early economic recovery.