Over 117 girls trained on Mediation, Peace Building and Social Cohesion in Nkongsamba, Ebolowa and Ngaoundere

Date: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

UN Women organized a set of tree capacity building trainings to build capacities of over 117 youths most of them young girls, on "Mediation, peace education and social cohesion" during from 18th April to the 21st June in Nkongsamba, Ebolowa and Ngaoundere respectively). These activities were organized as part of the project « Strengthening capacities in support of peaceful electoral processes and social cohesion in Cameroon » financed by the Peacebuilding Fund which targets young people from 20 municipalities of the 10 regions of Cameroon.

Participants and trainers attending the training posing for a family photograph.  Photo credit: Emeline Evina/HeForShe Volunteer/UN Women.
Participants and trainers attending the training posing for a family photograph. Photo credit: Emeline Evina/HeForShe Volunteer/UN Women.

Given the current socio-political and security situation in Cameroon, these workshops sought to train young people, especially girls, to become leaders, mediators and ambassadors for peace and social cohesion, as well as to promote youth involvement in peace building process.

During the three workshops, the participants were drilled on major thematic areas and issues related to gender, peace building and national unity including: challenges for peace and national unity, women leadership and responsibility in promoting social dialogue and peace, Communication, conflict      management, mediation and on attitudes towards conflicts. In addition, simulation exercises enabled trainees to practice some of the key concepts and peacebuilding techniques learnt during the different sessions.

   Trainer from Ministry of youth during his presentation. Photo credit: Emeline Evina/HeForShe Volunteer/UN Women  Cameroon
Trainer from Ministry of youth during his presentation. Photo credit: Emeline Evina/HeForShe Volunteer/UN Women Cameroon

At the end of each of the training sessions, participants received certificates and were advised by Parliamentarians to put into practice the knowledge and skills acquired during the training, but more importantly, to be true ambassadors of Peace within their communities. This set of workshops, organized by UNWOMEN with the technical support of various ministries, namely the Ministry of Youth and Civic

A participant receiving her attestation from the hands of  Honorable Lydienne Epoube. Photo credit: Emeline  Evina/HeForShe Volunteer/UN Women Cameroon
A participant receiving her attestation from the hands of Honorable Lydienne Epoube. Photo credit: Emeline Evina/HeForShe Volunteer/UN Women Cameroon

Education, the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development, the Ministry of External Relations as well as the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family, is aligned both with the Leadership and political participation programme of UNWOMEN, and the implementation of the National Action Plan of 1325 UN Resolution in Cameroon.