UN Women Makes Public its Humanitarian Achievements in Cameroon

Date: Monday, April 11, 2016

The results were presented during a three-day workshop to review UN Women’s humanitarian interventions, key results, difficulties and challenges but also to present and validate a new program for the East and Adamawa Regions of Cameroon.

Bertoua-Cameroon April 1, 2016:  The setting up of 8 Social Cohesion Spaces within the refugees sites, through which some 341000 refugees were sensitized on social cohesion, 882 cases of Gender Based Violence (GBV) identified and assisted in the East and Adamawa regions and the establishment of three Gender Desks (specialized units in police stations to assist victims of GBV)  following the training of some 150 Police officers on how to protect women and children in crises situations are some of the key results recorded by UN Women Cameroon since 2014.Social Cohesion Space put in place by UN Women at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua

Social Cohesion Space put in place by UN Women at the Minawao refugee camp in Maroua. Photo credit: J Fajong/UN Women

Also, some 1048 women refugees and women in refugees host communities were trained on income generating activities with over 593 Economic kits distributed. A number of Call Centers were equally established to provide assistance to victims of GBV.

UN Women has been able to provide a holistic approach in assisting affected women and girls’ refugees thanks to multiple assistance from partners such as UNHCR,CERF, UNESCO, UNFPA and the governments of Cameroon and Japan”, Adama Moussa, Representative of UN Women Cameroon explained during the workshop in Bertoua, East Region of Cameroon.

Cross section of women refugees being sensitized at the Social Cohesion Space on GBV at the Gado refugee site in East Cameroon
Cross section of women refugees being sensitized at the Social Cohesion Space on GBV at the Gado refugee site in East Cameroon. Photo credit: J Fajong/UN Women

The representative of the Governor of the East Region Rachel Akono NGAZANG, lauded UN Women for its humanitarian assistance, calling on other development partners to “follow the example of UN Women Cameroon”, adding that government will not relent efforts in facilitating such initiative.

The new program of UN Women in the East and Adamawa regions which was elaborated and adopted during the workshop has been described as “developmental”, covering not only women refugees but refugee host communities and internally displaced persons (IDPs).