UN WOMEN presents the results of the gender diagnosis of the intercommunal Equipment and Interventions’ Special Fund (FEICOM)

Date: Wednesday, July 24, 2019

 

On the 24th of July 2019, UNWOMEN released the results of the gender Diagnosis of the Special Council Support Fund for Mutual Assistance (FEICOM), during a ceremony held at the Headquarter of this governmental institution. The meeting was chaired by the Executive Director of FEICOM, with the presence of the UN Women Deputy Representative, and other officials from the Ministries of Family and Women Empowerment (MINPROFF), and Decentralization and Local development (MINDDEVEL). The activity is part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed in July 2018 between UN Women and FEICOM, about mainstreaming gender into account FEICOM operations and interventions.

The Deputy Representative of UN Women, Ms Hind JALA and the General Manager of FEICOM, M. Philipe Camille AKOA (at the centre), stand with participants for the family picture. Photo credit : FEICOM
The Deputy Representative of UN Women, Ms Hind JALA and the General Manager of FEICOM, M. Philipe Camille AKOA (at the centre), stand with participants for the family picture. Photo credit : FEICOM

During her speech at the opening ceremony, Hind JALAL, Deputy Representative of UN Women Cameroon, mentioned that this diagnosis, which is part of the implementation of Cameroon national gender Policy, contributes to the Government efforts to achieve the sustainable development goals by 2030, in particular the Goal N°5 on Gender Equality.

The FEICOM General manager, M. Philippe Camille AKOA, then addressed the audience and recalled that gender diagnosis is the first step in the process of developing the institution's gender strategy. He pointed out that as UN Women HeForShe ambassador, he is eager and committed to see this strategy developed. He also reminded the training sessions on gender organized with UN Women support, and announced his commitment to implement the Presidential Decree No. 2019/320 of 19 June 2019 in its article 19 specifying the obligation to take gender into account in all recruitment processes.

The third articulation of the ceremony was the presentation of the main results of the gender diagnosis, by Paulette BEAT SONGUÉ, Programme Coordinator at UN Women.

A view of some participants attending the ceremony. Photo Credit: FEICOM
A view of some participants attending the ceremony. Photo Credit: FEICOM

This diagnosis has helped to identify many challenges, strengths and opportunities to improve gender mainstreaming at FEICOM. The three following challenges were quoted: (i) integrating gender into FEICOM's planning, strategy and tools; (ii) assessing the potential or actual impact of gender mainstreaming in its operations and interventions; and (iii) training FEICOM's staff and clients. Several strengths have been identified, including i) Ambassador HeforShe's clear commitment to operationalize gender equality, and the commitment of several senior staff for gender equality; ii) the explicit mention of gender within the FEICOM code of ethics, as well as within several of its programmes (PRODESV) and funding tools; iii) previous gender staff training.

From 2014 to 2019, the proportion of female Directors has increased from 37.5% to 40%, while that of Deputy Directors moved from 30.3% to 32.5%. The Intercommunal Equipment and Interventions’ Special Fund has also included gender in its financial tools as a criterion for selecting the municipalities receiving its funding.