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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

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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

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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).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1

Discrimination based on marital status is not prohibited in access to credit in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Cameroon cannot legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-1

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

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).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: DV-LAW-1

There is no legislation specifically addressing domestic violence in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: LRW-LAW-3, DV-LAW-3

A woman's testimony carries the same evidentiary weight in court as a man's (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IIP-LAW-2, AFE-PRACTICE-1

There is legislation on sexual harassment in education in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: CLCW-LAW-2

A woman in Cameroon cannot legally apply for a passport in the same way as a man (79). A woman in Cameroon can legally travel outside of the country in the same way as a man (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-LAW-2

Cameroon law does not mandate nondiscrimination based on gender in employment. The dismissal of pregnant workers in Cameroon is prohibited. There is legislation on sexual harassment in education. There is legislation on sexual harassment in employment. There are criminal penalties for sexual harassment in employment, but there are not civil remedies (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-DATA-2

Women make up 47% of the total labor force in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: AFE-LAW-1

Primary education in Cameroon is free and compulsory (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-DATA-1

Cameroon law does not mandate equal remuneration for work of equal value. 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: MARR-LAW-3

A woman in Cameroon cannot legally apply for a national ID card in the same way as a man. A woman in Cameroon can sign a contract without requiring the presence of her husband or male relatives (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: MARR-PRACTICE-7

A woman in Cameroon cannot legally choose where she lives in the same way as a man (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ERBG-PRACTICE-4

Women are not able to work in the same industries as men in Cameroon (79).
March 15, 2019, 4:43 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: IIP-PRACTICE-1

A woman in Cameroon can legally travel outside the country and her own home in the same way as a man (79).
Feb. 27, 2019, 9:33 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: ATFPA-LAW-1

According to the World Bank’s Women, Business, and the Law for 2016, there is an explicit restriction on a married woman becoming “head of household” or “head of family,” e.g., a provision stating that only husbands can be so designated or that husbands “lead the family” 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. However Cameroon law does not stipulate that wives are required to obey their husbands (102). According to the World Bank's Women, Business, and the Law for 2016, the definition of head of household is codified...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 3:30 p.m.
Countries: Cameroon
Variables: RISW-PRACTICE-1

"Cameroon adopted a new criminal code that covers sexual harassment in employment and education, and established criminal penalties for sexual harassment" (p. 37).