professional start-up and self-confidence in Cameroon
professional start-up and self-confidence in Cameroon

Cameroon: Protecting children from sexual violence, exploitation, trafficking and sexist discrimination




Project region: West-, Northwest- and Central Cameroon

Duration: January 1, 2015 - December 31, 2017

Local partner: CIPCRE-Cameroon



Women and children in Cameroon experience sexist discrimination and sexual violence on a daily basis. In a first phase of the project, an awareness of this phenomenon is to be raised within the population, among authorities and other decision-makers. However, these are still favored by several factors on the legal and socio-cultural level:

  • Unsuitable and inadequate laws against child abuse, and those existing are not applied
  • Prejudices and taboos in this field
  • Harmful cultural practices such as early and forced marriages
  • Informal, extra-judicial settlements, which violate the rights of the affected children

Also, affected children do not receive the necessary support, as there is a lack of offers of adequate and coordinated care.

Project Objectives:


Children, who are at risk of becoming or who have become victims of sexist discrimination and sexual violence are supported in realizing their rights and their rehabilitation by their social communities. They are also supported by an adequate legal and institutional framework.

  • The protection of children has improved sustainably. Harmful cultural practices and sexual violence are no longer taboo subjects in society, but denounced and prosecuted.
  • Children are protected by a code of conduct which is publicly shown in schools, institutions and in public services.
  • Children are protected by law, which is consistent with the international norms ratified by Cameroon.
  • The access to legal authorities and the conditions for making a complaint have improved.
  • Children are supported by local authorities and the civil community to enforce their rights.
  • Affected children have access to information and psychosocial and medical care in their communities.

Target Groups


  • About 2,000 children who have experienced sexist discrimination or sexueal violence
  • 1,750 adolescents in leading positions
  • 25,000 other children and adolescents
  • 10,000 parents and 100 families of affected children
  • 1,251 members of committees for the protection of children’s rights
  • 750 religious and traditional authorities
  • 50 owners of hotels and restaurants
  • 30 civil society organizations
  • 10 youth drawing clubs
  • 60 state institutions, facilities and departments
  • 60 representatives of the media
  • 10 local radio stations
  • 62 responsibles for primary and secondary schools, police and legal authorities
  • 1,400 principals and teachers
  • 417 town and municipal district managers
  • 10 ombudspersons
  • 80 members of parliament
  • 3,000 administrative officers

Project Activities


  • Training of youth and adult leaders
  • Promoting responsible parenthood
  • Professional accompaniment of local prevention networks
  • Producing information materials for preventive work
  • Promoting safe schools which are violent-free
  • Introducing and implementing a behavioral codex in public facilities
  • Advocacy work with law enforcement authorities for the adoption of the proposed legislative reform
  • Strengthening the skills of law enforcement authorities
  • Legal advice and representation of prosecution services
  • Strengthening local mechanisms for the protection of children
  • Involving local administrative authorities in children’s protection
  • Establishing centers for monitoring affected children
  • Medical and psychological care for affected children
  • Supporting victims for a successful reintegration
  • Supporting families of victims
  • Arranging meetings between affected children for mutual exchange and support
  • Building and strengthening local, national and regional cooperations
  • Promoting regular participation in regional and national meetings and events of different networks involved with children’s rights, child trafficking, exploitation and discrimination
  • Participating in an international south-south exchange on the topic


Project costs: about 540,800 €

Financial Partners:

  • German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
  • Stiftung für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit Baden-Württemberg (SEZ)
  • Kinderrechte Afrika e.V. (donations)

Cover photo:  After being supported by the project, four girls opened up a tailor shop. Professional integration is important for girls who have experienced violence. It gives them true income perspectives and helps raising their self-esteem as well as their recognition in society.  © Elisabeth Munsch/ Kinderrechte Afrika e. V.

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