Gender Equality and Empowering All Women and Girls
Put An End To Gender Violence
Gender violence includes various types of abuse which may be domestic violence, harassment and stalking, rape and sexual assault, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, honour-based abuse and trafficking.
The Association for Women Empowerment Cameroon (AWEC) is strongly involve in the fight against gender violence, enforcing human rights best practices to protect the interest of the vulnerable and weak individuals of the community
A.W.E.C Focuses Within the Following Areas
- Trainings , workshops, sensitization campaigns in schools concerning how to prevent and report instances of gender based violence
- Meetings with local community heads in a bid to address gender-based violent cultures and practices
- Work in synergy with other local civil society organizations already active in this domain to join the fight against gender-based violence
- Work with men and boys to actively engage them in the fight to end gender-based violence (he4she) campaigns
- Raising awareness to end violence is about changing people’s hearts and minds—in Governments, civil society organizations and in the general public.
- Violence against women and girls is rooted in gender-based discrimination and social norms and gender stereotypes that perpetuate such violence. Given the devastating effect violence has on women, efforts have mainly focused on responses and services for survivors. However, the best way to end violence against women and girls is to prevent it from happening in the first place by addressing its root and structural causes.
- Prevention should start early in life, by educating and working with young boys and girls promoting respectful relationships and gender equality. Working with youth is a “best bet” for faster, sustained progress on preventing and eradicating gender-based violence. While public policies and interventions often overlook this stage of life, it is a critical time when values and norms around gender equality are forged
Sustainable Development Goal
Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls in Cameroon and Africa
- End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere
- Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation
- Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation
- Recognize and value unpaid care and domestic work through the provision of public services, infrastructure and social protection policies and the promotion of shared responsibility within the household and the family as nationally appropriate
- Ensure women’s full and effective participation and equal opportunities for leadership at all levels of decision-making in political, economic and public life
- Ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health and reproductive rights as agreed in accordance with the Programme of Action of the International Conference on Population and Development and the Beijing Platform for Action and the outcome documents of their review conferences
- Undertake reforms to give women equal rights to economic resources, as well as access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property, financial services, inheritance and natural resources, in accordance with national laws
- Enhance the use of enabling technology, in particular information and communications technology, to promote the empowerment of women
- Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels