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Latest items for Cameroon

Aug. 8, 2019, 9:35 a.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: CWC-DATA-3, CWC-DATA-4

"An international organization reported in December 2018 Cameroon accommodated over 437,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) resulting from the Anglophone crisis. In addition to the IDPs, Cameroon has more than 1.1 million individuals of concern—including refugees from the Central African Republic (CAR) and Nigeria—as of December 2018. Both the IDPs and the individuals of concern are vulnerable to trafficking due to their economic instability and lack of access to formal justice" (140).
July 24, 2019, 6:31 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon, Central African Rep, Nigeria
Variables: TRAFF-PRACTICE-2

"Chadian children were also found in forced cattle herding in Cameroon, the CAR, and Nigeria" (page 22).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1, CONST-LAW-1

"The constitution provides for the same legal status and rights for women and men; however, in law women did not enjoy the same rights and privileges as men. Although local government officials including mayors claimed women had access to land in their constituencies, the overall sociocultural practice of denying women the right to own land, especially through inheritance, was prevalent in most regions" (Pg 27).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

"The law provides for tuition-free compulsory primary education but does not set an age limit. Children were generally expected to complete primary education at age 12. Secondary school students had to pay tuition and other fees in addition to buying uniforms and books. This rendered education unaffordable for many children" (Pg 27).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

"Discrimination in employment and occupation allegedly occurred with respect to ethnicity, HIV status, disability, gender, and sexual orientation, especially in the private sector" (Pg 38).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LRW-PRACTICE-1, LRW-PRACTICE-2, LRW-LAW-1, LRW-LAW-2, LRCM-LAW-1

"The law criminalizes rape of men and women and provides penalties of between five and 10 years’ imprisonment for convicted rapists. Police and courts, however, rarely investigated or prosecuted rape cases, especially since victims often did not report them. The law does not address spousal rape" (Pg 26).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-1, MARR-LAW-1, AOM-LAW-1

"The minimum legal age for marriage is 18. The law punishes anyone who compels another to marry with imprisonment for five to 10 years, and with fines of 25,000 CFA francs ($47) to 1,000,000 CFA francs ($1,865). When victims are minors, punishment may not be less than a two-year prison sentence, regardless of mitigating circumstances. The court may also take away custody from parents who give away their underage children in marriage. Despite these legal provisions, some families reportedly tried to marry their girls before age 18. (For data, see the UNICEF website.)" (Pg 28).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: INFIB-PRACTICE-1, INFIB-LAW-1

"The law protects the physical and bodily integrity of persons, and the 2016 penal code prohibits genital mutilation of all persons. Whoever mutilates the genitals of a person is subject to imprisonment from 10 to 20 years, and imprisonment for life if the offender habitually carries out this practice, does so for commercial purposes, or if the practice causes death. FMG/C remained a problem, but its prevalence remained low. As in the previous year, children were reportedly subjected to FGM/C in isolated areas of the Far North, East, and Southwest regions and in the Choa and Ejagham tribes, although the practice continued to decrease. For more information, see data.unicef.org/resources/female-genital-mutilation-cutting-country-profiles/" (Pg...more
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LBHO-LAW-1, VOTE-LAW-1

"There are no laws preventing women or members of minority groups from voting, running for office, and serving as electoral monitors, or otherwise participating in political life" (Pg 22).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LBHO-PRACTICE-2, LBHO-PRACTICE-3, ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

"Cultural and traditional factors, however, reduced women’s political participation compared to that of men. Women remained underrepresented at all levels of government, but their political participation continued to improve" (Pg 23).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GP-DATA-3, GP-DATA-5

"The DGSN, in partnership with UN Women, also carried out activities to combat rape and other forms of gender-based violence (GBV). From January 30 to March 31, the two organizations trained 250 police officers in the Far North region on the protection of rights of women and children vis-a-vis national and international legal frameworks. Following the training, four special units referred to as “gender desks” were established in four divisions where Boko Haram was active: Diamare, Mayo-Tsanaga, Mayo-Sava, and Logone and Chari. The units were intended to serve as counseling centers for victims of GBV" (Pg 26).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: CWC-DATA-3

"Press reporting from November 2016 indicated police and gendarmes in Buea, Southwest region, removed students, some of whom had recently been involved in protests at the local university, from their hostels, forced them to roll over in mud, and beat them with batons. According to reports, students were crammed onto military trucks and taken to undisclosed locations, where some were held for months. Some female students were allegedly raped. Rape and sexual abuse were reported in several instances. The International Crisis Group reported that security forces were responsible for sexual abuse during their response to unrest in the Anglophone regions in September and October. International humanitarian organizations reported that members...more
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-2, IIP-LAW-2

"The law prohibits sexual harassment. The penal code provides for imprisonment from six months to one year and fines from 100,000 to one million CFA francs ($187-$1,865) for whoever takes advantage of the authority conferred on them by their position to harass another using orders, threats, constraints, or pressure to obtain sexual favors. The penalty is imprisonment for one to three years if the victim is a minor and from three to five years if the offender is in charge of the education of the victim. Despite these legal provisions, sexual harassment was widespread" (Pg 26-27).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

"The law does not specifically prohibit domestic violence, although assault is prohibited and punishable by imprisonment and fines" (Pg 26).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LBHO-DATA-1, GP-DATA-1

"For the 2013-18 electoral period, women occupied 26 of 374 council mayor positions, in comparison with 23 in 2007-13 and 10 in 2002-07. Women occupied 10 of 62 cabinet positions, 76 of 280 parliamentary seats, and senior government offices, including territorial command and security/defense positions" (Pg 23).
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: DTCP-PRACTICE-1

"Press reporting from November 2016 indicated police and gendarmes in Buea, Southwest region, removed students, some of whom had recently been involved in protests at the local university, from their hostels, forced them to roll over in mud, and beat them with batons. According to reports, students were crammed onto military trucks and taken to undisclosed locations, where some were held for months. Some female students were allegedly raped. Rape and sexual abuse were reported in several instances. The International Crisis Group reported that security forces were responsible for sexual abuse during their response to unrest in the Anglophone regions in September and October. International humanitarian organizations reported that members...more
July 17, 2019, 2:14 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: WR-PRACTICE-1, IW-PRACTICE-1

"Widows were sometimes forcibly married to one of the deceased husband’s relatives to secure continued use of property left by the husband, including the marital home. To protect women, including widows, better, the government included provisions in the 2016 penal code addressing the eviction of one spouse from the marital home by any person other than the other spouse" (Pg 26).
May 15, 2019, 6:51 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, East Timor, Egypt, Eritrea, Fiji, Ghana, Greece, Guinea, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Israel, Jordan, Kosovo, Laos, Lesotho, Macedonia, Maldives, Mali, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Philippines, Serbia, Singapore, Slovenia, Somalia, South Korea, South Sudan, Taiwan, Ukraine
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

2.0
May 1, 2019, 7:50 p.m.
Countries: Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Belarus, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Cameroon, Chad, China, D R Congo, Egypt, Ireland, Jordan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Mali, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Palestine, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Uganda, Ukraine
Variables: SUICIDE-SCALE-1

1.0
April 4, 2019, 7:27 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Belize, Benin, Bolivia, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Rep, Colombia, Cote D'Ivoire, Cuba, D R Congo, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Iraq, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico, Namibia, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, Suriname, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad/Tobago, Uganda, Uruguay, Venezuela, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Variables: MURDER-SCALE-3

4.0
March 21, 2019, 1:45 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Cameroon, Congo, Cote D'Ivoire, Dominican Republic, East Timor, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Greece, Guyana, Haiti, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Kosovo, Latvia, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Romania, Slovakia, Sudan, Taiwan, Togo
Variables: GP-SCALE-1

2.0
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GIC-LAW-3

There is paid maternity leave available to women in Cameroon of at least 14 weeks. Women receive at least 2/3 of their wages for the duration of their maternity leave. The government pays for 100% of maternity leave benefits. There is no paid parental leave. Mothers are guaranteed an equivalent position after returning to work from maternity leave. The government does support or provide childcare services. Childcare payments are not tax deductible (79). Parents in Cameroon are not able to work flexibly (79). Working flexibly, such as working from home or taking partial days off to care for children, could be considered a childcare benefit (SLE-CODER COMMENT).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ATFPA-PRACTICE-2

Women in Cameroon are not legally required to obey their husbands (79). In Cameroon, the husband legally administers all marital property (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

In Cameroon, there is an explicit restriction on a woman becoming head of household or head of family, e.g., a provision stating that only men or husbands can be so designated or that men lead or represent the family, or a male is designated as the default family member who receives the family book or equivalent document that is necessary for access to services (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: MULV-LAW-1

The government of Cameroon provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of children or other dependents (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IAD-LAW-1

Sons and daughters have equal inheritance rights in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: GP-DATA-5

Cameroon law establishes an anti-discrimination commission (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LO-LAW-1

A woman in Cameroon can legally sign a contract, register a business, and open a bank account in the same way as a man. Men and women do not have equal ownership rights to immovable property. Discrimination based on gender is not prohibited in access to credit in Cameroon and neither is discrimination based on marital status (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1

A woman in Cameroon cannot legally get a job in the same way as a man. Women can work the same night hours as men. Women are not able to work in jobs deemed hazardous, arduous, or morally inappropriate. Women are not able to perform the same tasks at work as men. Women cannot work in the same industries as men (79). The ages at which men and women can retire with full and partial pension benefits are equal (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: CL-LAW-1

The government of Cameroon provides for valuation of nonmonetary contributions, such as staying at home to take care of the elderly and disabled (79).