Traditional authorities pledge their support to fight all forms of violence against women

Traditional authorities and women leaders from Pinyin, Mbatu, Nsongwa and Bambui have resolved to combat all forms of discrimination against women and the girl child in their various communities during a two day workshop to train traditional authorities on strategies to combat violence against women that took place at the Pinyin Fon’s palace on December 4 and 5th 2012.

The over 70 participants at the end of the workshop mapped out strategies to end the practice of early and forced marriages,  child trafficking, obnoxious widowhood practices, domestic violence and other forms of discrimination against the woman that they had identified in their communities.

They all agreed to hold sensitization talks in village and quarter meetings, at family levels and at the level of the traditional council and other decision making bodies in their communities within the next six months. They were also unanimous that educating the girl child is a vital milestone in eliminating discrimination against the woman.

“violence against women and girls impoverish individual women and their families as well as their community, society and nation.” Said Chongsi Ayeah Joseph, Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy (CHRAPA). He urged them to first of all start by instituting one of the things they have learned from the workshop at individual level and from there others would be able to pick up the good practice.

For two days the seminar participants actively took part modules presented by facilitators like Justice Atabong Angela and Mbaki Vivian of the Bamenda and Ndop High Courts, human right activist Chongsi Ayeah Joseph and Human right lawyers on topics like understanding the basics principles of human rights, child trafficking and its consequences, marriage and inheritance, legal instruments in local and international laws protecting the rights of women and the judicial system in Cameroon.

Present at the workshop were Fons F.E.N Fongwade II of Nsongwa, G.A Tamni II of Pinyin, Tekouth Simon Mungmah III of Mbatu and Angaformombooh III of Bambui, various sub chiefs and Traditional council members from the four villages.

Anne Nsang, head of the UN information Centre Yaoundé Cameroon used the workshop to enlighten participants on the United Nations Secretary-General’s Campaign “UNiTE TO END VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN”, and UN WOMEN, bodies and campaigns set up by the UN to combat all forms of violence against women and to promote their development and gender equity.

The Pinyin workshop which is the third of a series is organized by CHRAPA and sponsored by UN WOMEN

By Ako Emmanuel Ndonue in Pinyin

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