Women and girls in Cameroon faced a lot of challenges in their daily lives. These challenges, span from political, through economic, social and cultural deprivations. With the escalation of the prevailing Anglophone crisis, the situation has been exacerbated in the North West and South West (NWSW) Regions of Cameroon where women and girls have increasingly become vulnerable and helpless. This is due to the indiscriminate killing especially men (who are husbands, fathers and bread winners of their families), burning and destruction of houses, villages, farmlands and other sources of livelihoods as well as massive displacement of people to new locations. From the above crises, the most affected are the women and girls who have been forced by circumstances, domestic servants and sexual rape. Against this backdrop therefore, CAWI has designed a 15 year initiative to empower 30,000 desperate IDPs for economic recovery. Women have been abandoned by their husbands who were forced to join secessionist forces. Approximately 68% of IDPs are said to be women (“Equal Times”Atabong Blaise, 2018). There have been reports of some armed separatist groups forcing young girls to leave their families and join their ranks to help cook, do other chores and some are used as sex slaves (International Crisis Group, 2017). Sexual exploitation is now at the rise, some women offer sex in exchange for protection or sustenance (Rita Agbor, 2018). Women have been vulnerable and continue to be victims of violence and this violence ranges from economic, physical and sexual violence as well the threat of the use of such violence.
This program seeks to establish an Economic Recovery Fund and return over 100,000 IDPs back to functional economic life. It specifically will
- Provide vocational training to women and youths so as to make them employable
- Provide micro enterprise training to female IDPs
- Provide start-up capital as loans to IDPs