Engaging Women in Sustainable Peace. Countering Violence Extremism in Rural Communities.

The presence of conflicts, insecurity and violence continues to be the greatest challenge in the world. Women, children and communities are highly affected. A vast majority of women and young people live in poverty and face harsh discrimination often characterized by violence on a daily basis.  It is also disheartened to know that most women lack economic empowerment and social protection but they continue to live in situations of vulnerability to violence patriarchy both at home and in the society.Peace is the inevitable solution to community growth.So Mohcam organized a training workshop on engaging women as peace actors in Mubang-Nkwen on the 18th of October 2016.The workshop aimed at training rural communities’ women on skills and techniques on how to counter violence extremism, conflicts, trauma and intimate partner violence.

Violent extremism is the beliefs and actions of people who support or use violence to achieve ideological, religious or political goals. Prevention is a major aspect of MOHCAM goals in countering violent extremism and conflicts in communities.The circle of violence was established with its effects highly targeting families and communities. About 90% of women in rural communities are victims of violence. Most women are much more likely to be victims of intimate partner violence with 85 percent of domestic abuse victims being women and 15 percent men.

Too many women have been held captive by domestic violence whether through physical abuse, financial abuse, emotional abuse or a combination of all three. Violence has a significant impact on the health and on the developmental growth of communities.  The World Bank estimates that rape and domestic abuse account for 5 percent of healthy years of life lost to women of reproductive age in developing countries. This explains why women are the main focus for the MOHCAM’s building peaceful communities program. Children also in suffer from the effects of violence, whether or not they are physically abused.  The UN Resolution 1325 was highlighted to educate the women on peace building processes in order to prevent future conflicts and wars.

The importance of the Cameroonian law in strengthening women in development processes. This was aimed at promoting peace building, tolerance and resilience communities. The women were educated on the New Penal Code of Law No 2016/007 of 12 July 2016 of Cameroon. Much emphases were laid on sections 185-Disturbance, 228-DangerousActivities, 242-Discrimination, 277-2-Prevention of Growth of Organ, 277-3-Torture, 351-1-Eviction from the Matrimonial Home, 293-Slavery, 296-Rape, 302-Conditional Threats, 302-1-Sexual Harassment, 342-1-Trafficking and Slavery of Persons, 343-immoral Earning(Prostitution), 344-Corruption of Youth,355-2-The Right to Education and 356-Force Marriage, and 361-Adultary. This is aimed at increasing awareness of the Laws and to also promote the culture of human rights in rural communities.

The women  were drilled on their ’s sexual reproductive health rights basically on family planning and the use of contraceptives.There was also an elaborate demonstration on the usage of condoms and most especially the female condoms. This presentation was aimed at educating women on their sexuality and also in combating the high rates of unplanned pregnancies. There was also a demonstration on the use of MOHCAM beads to help young women calculate their menstrual cycles and avoid unplanned pregnancies. The young women were educated on how to manage their menstrual circles. Washable pads were also introduced to the women.

MOHCAM currently focuses on gender equality  and  continues its support for the realization of the sustainable developmental goals as a global campaign and advocacy platform that harnesses the energies of strong grassroots. We manifest our commitment to pursuit peace, equality and justice, eradication of poverty and respect for human rights.

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