UN Women Cameroon Builds capacities of protection actors to prevent GBV

UN Women Cameroon Builds capacities of protection actors, service providers and national and local institutions to prevent GBV and support GBV survivors

Date: Wednesday, January 13, 2021

Douala, December 21-24, 2020

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As part of the Project: “Prevention and response to the spread of COVID-19 among women and girls in the South-West region of Cameroon”, UN Women and Association de Lutte Contre les Violences Faites aux Femmes (ALVF) organized December 21-24, 2020 a training of protection actors, targeting Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) and host communities living in the Wouri Division.  

This capacity building workshop, which brought together 20 humanitarian actors from civil society and institutions, including the Gendarmerie, the police, the Ministry of Women Empowerment and  Family and the Ministry of Social Affairs, aimed to empower partners on quality and holistic service offers which include referencing and counter referencing of professional acts. In her welcome word, the Representative of the Minister of Women Empowerment and Family congratulated the initiative and the opportunity by encouraging the participants to take advantage of this workshop to harmonize their interventions in terms of prevention and response to Gender-Based Violence. In the same vein, a Police Officer working as Commander in the Unit in charge of Social Affairs declared that she had integrated referral and counter-referral as fundamental element of holistic services.     

At the end of this workshop two main recommendations were made:

  • set up a platform for exchanges between protection actors in order to strengthen the quality service offerings with an emphasis on referencing and counter-referencing;
  • organize a second workshop spread over 2 weeks in order to further strengthen the knowledge of participants on prevention, response, data collection and reporting

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More information:
  • Nelly Kamdem nelly.kamdem@unwomen.org Program Assistant UN Women Cameroon