“Femmes et Filles Fortes”
The German development cooperation joined efforts with German political and cultural institutions in Cameroon to realize the “Femmes et Filles Fortes” (FFF) project. The idea behind the FFF initiative is to highlight the multidimensional capabilities of women in their socio-economic environment by creating spaces for exchange and dialogue on the roles and experiences of women in the dynamic development of Cameroon, thus promoting the principle of gender equality. Several thousand Cameroonian women, men, girls and boys were reached through a diverse range of educational, intellectual, cultural, artistic and sports activities offered during the FFF event series in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Activities in 2010 included a photo exhibition on shared responsibilities of Cameroonian girls and women in everyday chores, a feedback discussion about the national campaign against rape and incest as well as a culinary extravaganza of foods from the forests of Cameroon.
Engendering Poverty Reduction Strategies
In 2007, the government of Cameroon started a revision process for its poverty reduction strategy. In order to provide the Government of Cameroon with sound advice, GIZ first commissioned two studies in cooperation with the World Bank, which examined and assessed the magnitude of gender-specific inequality in education, the labor market and earnings, in order to determine how and to what extent these factors impede economic growth and poverty reduction. A data survey conducted in the cocoa sector revealed that women farmers are severely disadvantaged in their access to agricultural extension services, their control over marketing and the income they generated. Such obstacles prevent these women from fully participating in required work processes like production and distribution, which impairs overall productivity in this sector. The recommendations from these studies were discussed at a round table and integrated into the second poverty reduction strategy in Cameroon.
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