HOFNA Empowers IDPs, Girls As Part of National Initiative to End Violence Against Women

Trainees following up during one of the training session

Hope for the Needy Association HOFNA CAMEROON, has trained hundred of disadvantaged teenage mothers and IDPs in five regions of the country on income generating skills. The trainings held between the 25th of May to June 20th in Nkambe (Northwest) Bafoussam (West), Buea (Southwest), Mbombo (Littoral), and Makenene (Center).

The training formed part of HOFNA National Initiative to End Violence Against Women and Girls (NITE-VAWG). Its sponsored by the German Mission to Cameroon.

HOFNA’s Executive Director – Christelle Bay Nfor, said the training was to “engage communities to respond to and prevention of gender-based violence through Know Your Rights” a campaign with active community leaders in these regions. She added it also intends to “set the pace to work with these grassroots communities to develop a local approach to implementation of UNSCR1325 in Cameroon”

So far the skills of 100 internally displaced young girls and teenage mothers have been impacted by this program. They are now able to produce beaded sandals and slippers, reusable sanitary pads and soap. HOFNA believes the soap they produce will help them in stopping the spread of Covid-19 and alongside the other items, also improve their income. Beside gaining knowledge on generating income, they were also handed out basic start up materials to help set them up.

The HOFNA NITE-VAWG also trained 400 community leaders from these 5 regions on human rights, GBV and UNSCR1325. HOFNA through the training established Gender Violence Survivors Support Networks in the concerned regions. These networks will continue to work with HOFNA to facilitate reporting and follow up on cases of GBV.  At each community, HOFNA hand out comic booklet to make information on forms of GBV and how to respond to forms of GBV easily understood by community members of all levels.  

For Most of the trainees, this was an opportunity to change their lives and greatly appreciated HOFNA for material support tom help them start up a subsistence business. Some members of the survival support network committed themselves to fully kick out GBV from their communities.

HOFNA CAMEROON, is an organization championing the fight against gender-based violence, the localization of peace and implementation of the  United Nations  Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR1325) in Cameroon. HOFNA has successfully organised many training workshops and capacity building camps for women and girls especially the underprivileged. These are intended to train and empower them to face many common challenges in the society.