The Program 3 of AMEF captioned : Gender, Human Rigths Protection / Youth Economic Empowerment (GHRP/YEE), ensures gender equality and targets the vulnerable category of persons in the community, notably youths, (boys/girls), women, and other underprivileged. It highlights the rights of those concerned and sort for ways of integrating them into all areas of development especially decent employment for youths.
The Gender Human Rights Program (P3) of AMEF has as objectives;
- Advocacy for human rights protection/social intervention and referrals
- Gender and women’s rights for social cohesion
- Protection of the rights of children
- Gender based violence
- Building a culture of peace
- Research in related aspects.
- Solidarity action to vulnerable groups.
Due to the internal struggle going on in Cameroon, West Africa, precisely in the South West and North West Regions of the country, the non-governmental organization called AMEF has been doing a tremendous work in helping the displaced and needy people around the area. This has been with support from external donors, partners and people of goodwill.
Given the ongoing crisis affecting the NW/SW Regions of Cameroon, many less affected communities have become over crowded with IDPs from the crisis affected areas. The mass concentration of people in the crowded communities has pose a big challenge on how the people (both the host community and IDPs) do manage human waste. AMEF in partnership with NRC provided 40 toilets to MABANDA, CASAVA FARM, and MBONGE road communities, all in MEME Division. See pictures on the right..
CLIMATE ACTION FOR PEACE
Climate change affects peace because its impact on livelihood causes poverty, hunger and wide spread displacements for example, the crises in Cameroon specifically in the north and south west region that has causes people to move from their settlement area to the bushings which as a result causing deforestation(cutting down of trees). This also causes people to migrate from rural to urban centers, increasing population and poverty, making women vulnerable to trafficking and sexual exploitation and abuse. And youths become targets for terrorist recruitment. All this increases the level of violence in the society.
In the nutshell, climate change has an adverse impact on peace and development.
Planting a tree for the international peace day signifies reduces greenhouse gas in the atmosphere which reduces extreme weather events and builds peace for development.
The Gender Human Rights program 3, has being tirelessly working in collaboration with program 2 head towards the organization of the April training.
On the other hand, the program head, the project coordinator alongside a team of 3 others have being in and around the sub-divisions of Meme, gathering data on the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP’s).
Meme Division with Head Quarter Kumba has 4 Sub-Divisions;
Mbonge, Konye, Kumba 1, Kumba 2, Kumba 3
From the data collected, it is shocking to know that, the inhabitants of Meme Division South West Region continue to struggle and share their limited access to basic services due to the ongoing instability and insecurity in the area. With the continuous aggression, intimidation and shooting, the population of Internally Displaced Persons fleeing their villages have gone on a rise. With over 20 villages affected giving a total population of about 30,000 Inhabitants. Acute emergency intervention is needed with women giving birth in the bushes with little or no sanitary care, children suffering from Malaria and some cases of cholera, due to poor portable water in the bushes. With the continuous upheaval in the division, the toll of malaria giving the already precarious living condition may lead to increase infant mortality. One out of ten children in the division are currently affected by malaria. High level of under nutrition for the past four months renders the population vulnerable to diseases and unprepared food crisis, and reflect the long-term nature of uncertain conditions in these areas.
CRITICAL ISSUES FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN
Children and women compose the largest demographic group of the internally displaced population, yet 75 per cent of these children are not enrolled in primary school since 2017 due to the insecurity nature of their environment. For children in school, most of them face dire shortages of supplies and equipment as well as most of them do not come to school on a regular basis due to the unstable nature of the environment.
The emergency conditions in several villages-some with IDP’s and others without-are exacerbating the rate of acute and chronic malaria in children under 10, as well as in pregnant and lactating women. (field information gathered from key informant). The hospital at Ekombe town, serving the villages around the area is temporary down due to the unsecured environment. Key informant information holds that, 3 registered cases of cholera have been rushed to the kumba district hospital from villagers living at Ekombe town who are presently residing in the bushes. General access to basic health care for several children, pregnant and lactating mothers is also lacking. The health of children and women are further endangered by the lack of safe and adequate water supplies and proper sanitation facilities, which is critical for fighting the cases of malaria.
AMEF KEY ACHIEVEMENTS IN JANUARY 2018
AMEF was able to meet immediate humanitarian needs experienced by internally displaced persons in January 2018, under the gender human rights program. As an immediate response to the crisis, AMEF has sent urgent supplies to some disabled persons, widows and widowers assembled under the church mission of Apostolic in Ekombe village. Clothes, shoes and other basic supplies were sent to IDP families in Kwa kwa through a focal person. Within the context of continual population upheaval related to the crisis, AMEF was at the Ocean city radio, to share with the inhabitants of Meme, their programs and upcoming activities they can benefit in such times of crisis. The executive director has also been to the administration (SDO office) and other ministries to reinforce partnership and the need to work together in meeting the needs of this displaced persons.
PLANNED SOLIDARITY ACTION FOR APRIL 2018
In 2018, AMEF will continue to work with the government, other International agencies, NGOs and local communities. AMEF will continue to provide support and essential services to target areas of intervention and especially advocating for the rights of children (victims of early, forced marriage and IDP victims), Combating non-child centered education, empowering women and youths and advocating for gender rights.
The advocacy campaign and social intervention for IDP’s will be scaled up in Mbonge and Konye Sub-division, where more than 40,000 men, women and children have been internally displaced. AMEF hopes to carry out a solidarity intervention by the first week of April 2018.
To improve the conditions of IDP’s, training and sensitization campaigns will be carried out on the protection of the human rights of this category of persons from the administration right through to the community.
AMEF will liaise with the administration to ensure the peaceful cohabitation of IDP’s and child protection.
Follow-up with the administration to establish new legal documents for IDPs.
Sensitize the local community through radio talks and training on the rights of IDP’s and rights of children.
Liaise with the health facilities on psychosocial support for IDP victims of GBV.
Provide more scholarships to the most vulnerable kids (boys & girls) to attract and retain them in school
Pictures below coming soon...
A major realization of the P3 component for the year 2017 was the project titled “Put a smile on the Face of a Vulnerable at Christmas” in Meme Division and beyond. Implementation of the project was organized by the Program head for the Gender/Human Rights in collaboration with the project Coordinator, Public Relations Officer and the AMEF Field Coordinator for Meme. The activities took place at the Ekombe village, Mbonge sub- division Meme where 50 Blinds, widows and the others who have become internally displaced persons were affected. Twenty (20) widows where affected at Mawo quarters limbe as well as few others in Muea . They all benefited from basic supplies of soap, Rice, Magi cube, Salt and Vegetable oil to feed their households at Christmas.
- AMEF facility also played host to some 5 displayed families from Ekombe village and 3 corners Bekondo village.
AMEF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR PUTTING A SMILE ON THE FACES OF SOME VULNERABLES AT CHRISTMAS
- The need to identify and put in place protective measures for the continuity of AMEF activities in the field in spite of the crisis.
- Gender human right program to carry out an advocacy campaign with all stakeholders engaged in the protection of the human rights of IDP’s
- Plan in house training on how to source for funding
- Develop training modules on protecting the HR of IDP’s
- Develop training module on GBV
The Gender Human Right program benefited from some funds raised during a gala evening organized by Mme Fleurimonde Ouedraogo. Some contributions were made to give visibility on the issue of early and forced marriage on http://www.rfi.fr/emission/20160210-irak-annee-zero and also to support victims of early and forced marriage in Akwaya. The funds were used for the purchase of farm land for the ‘Money Woman task force’. However, since July 2016, it has been impossible to carry out a field visit to monitor and evaluate the performance of the task force as well as identify possible challenges that might have taken place due to the internal crisis.
Realization in pictures below.
This programme addresses the issues of Human Rights, Gender Based Violence especially early/forced marriage and advocate generally for the rights of children amongst other areas of concern. Between March to July 2015, the programme head Mme. AtimTaniform participated as an assistant research consultant in a baseline research study on Early and Forced marriage :” the Money Woman Phenomenon” in Akwaya Sub-division, Manyu Division. This was a project sponsored by PLAN CAMRROON and implemented by the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment and the Family (MINPROFF).
At the end of the baseline studies, a lot of insight from the field gave room for further indebt research and full implication. After several sensitization talks with different groups in the community, the GHR component head decided to establish what she termed “The Money Woman Task Force” with the aim to follow-up and lay complaint of the phenomenon for social intervention.
An AMEF field office was established in Akwaya to gather more statistics and follow-up the paying back of bride wealth of ‘money women’ . Several complaints were forwarded to the ministry of social affairs and MINPROFF. Objectives 1, 3, 5, were met.
Evidence of pictures below.