UN Women supports the establishment of birth certificates for 300 children of Ntui and Yoko council areas

Date: Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Beneficiaries of Yoko proudly showing off their newly issued birth certificates
Beneficiaries of Yoko proudly showing off their newly issued birth certificates. Photo credit: Ryan Brown/UN Women

UN Women has facilitated the establishment of 300 birth certificates for 193 girls and 107 boys aged 0 – 16 in the Ntui and Yoko council areas. On the 23thof August 2019, these birth certificates were handed over to the mayors of both municipal councils by the Divisional Officer of Mbam-et-Kim and the representative of the Development Bank of the Central African States (BDEAC) in the presence of the National Civil Status Registration Office (BUNEC), the President of the Court and nearly 100 actors during an official ceremony organized by UN Women at ‘Hotel de Chute’ in Ntui.

While welcoming participants to the ceremony the Mayor of Ntui, Ondobo Jerome, lauded the initiative and the technical and financial support of UN Women and the donors. The gratitude of the beneficiaries was reiterated by the Mayor of Yoko, Annir Dieudonne "this action will be life-saving for the children, and it will allow the beneficiary families to fully enjoy their rights" he noted.

Oum Donacien, Divisional Officer for the Mbam and Kim Division handing over the birthcertificates to the representative of BDEAC.
Oum Donacien, Divisional Officer for the Mbam and Kim Division handing over the birthcertificates to the representative of BDEAC. Photo credit; UN Women.

The D.O of Mbam-et-Kim, Oum Donacien, in his opening remarks also highlighted the importance of the initiative and decried that "the phenomenon of children without birth certificates is a reality throughout the Mbam-et-Kim Department". Mr Oum also praised the dynamism and determination of the project staff, especially the community mobilization officer, for the 183 and 117 birth certificates issued for the Yoko and Ntui councils respectively, despite the difficulties they had encountered.

Jean-Paul Dargal, program Officer at UN Women noted that this birth certificate initiative is in line with the overall project objective ‘to support economic empowerment of women in the Batchenga-Ntui-Yoko -Lena road’ and aligned with its mandate to promote women's rights and gender equality in Cameroon.

The beneficiaries and other participants at the ceremony, expressed their satisfaction and solicited for the sustainability of the initiative to reduce the number of children without a birth certificate in the Mbam-and-Kim Division.