Committed to Translating Laws on Comprehensive Reproductive Health into Actual Services for Women & Girls
Cameroon has been locked in an ongoing conflict between non-state armed groups in the English Speaking Regions and the Cameroon Government from 2016. For over 6 years, the conflict has been accompanied by killing, burning of houses, businesses, hospitals, and schools with over 2 million children dropped out from school, unhealthy living and poverty elevation. To save more lives, more than 2.2 million people were internally displaced to the major cities of South West, West, Littoral and the Centre Regions of Cameroon. They are in need of humanitarian aids. According to field and open source research conducted by Human Rights Watch, both government forces and armed separatist fighters have killed at least 4,000 civilians.
Unabated by the crisis there is increase in Gender-Based and sexual violence to about 60% of women and girls among the displaced persons being affected. According to UNICEF, over 40% of healthcare institutions in the Southwest region are not operating, and many of those that are do not have the infrastructure or processes to treat victims of sexual and gender-based violence.
To alleviate the situation, CYJULERC is empowered by SAAF and in partnership with legal officers and medical centers in Cameroon to fight against sexual violence. SAAF project is aimed at educating the women and young girls on reproductive health care and protection. The outcome of the project will lead to increase in their knowledge about reproductive health care and protection and their self-empowerment for their wellbeing after the project.
The staff of CYJULERC had a two-days inception workshop to guide them on project implementation, financial management and to draft monitoring tools. They have been able to take upon the organization’s new project, which comes as a relief to female IDPs in Cameroon, for applying the abortion law will safe the lives of many victims of rape and incest by enabling them to have access to Reproductive Health Care in public hospitals