Advocating integration of CEDAW in Cameroun

Bevillingstype: Projekt D (1 - 3 mio)
Projekt start: 7/1/2016
Projekt slut: 3/31/2021
Ansøgningsrunde: December 2015
Indsatsen forgår i
følgende lande:
Bevilliget beløb: kr. 2,697,957.00
Samlet budget: kr. 0.00
Organisation: RAW - Rights for All Women
Lokal partner: Women’s Counselling and Information Centre (WCIC)

Projektet er sidste fase ud af fire i alt. Fokus er på at fortsætte advocacy arbejdet rettet mod at få ophævet en specifik kønsdiskrimnerende lovgivning i parlamentet men samtidig oplære dommere og advokater i brugen af CEDAW og Maputo protokollen mhbp. på en de facto ophævelse. Kerneaktiviteter i form af rådgivning, informationsaktivieter og gratis retssager for fattige kvinder fortsættes. Bæredygtighed er tænkt ind i alle aktiviteter. Som led i exitstrategien investeres yderligere i fundraising og i at afklare organisatoriske forhold, således der kan opnås varig effekt af projektet efter afslutning.

Overordnet mål:
The purpose of this project is to lessen violence in all its forms against Cameroon women in general and poor Cameroon women specifically through direct counselling, legal representation and advocacy campaigns.

Ummidelbar mål:
1. Through advocacy a vote has been made in the National Assembly of Cameroun for the abolishment or change of the gender biased civil code, articles 1421/1428, and there is a decrease of gender biased ruling in courts through an increased use of CEDAW in Cameroonian courts 2. Counselling and representation in court has been provided for poor and marginalized women and a minimum of 1700 (project fund 1000, other funding 700) women have been counselled, educated or assisted directly within topics related to women's rights. 3. WCIC has gained sustainability and achieved lasting effects of their organisation and activities beyond the project period (exit strategy).

The primary target groups of this project are (see quantity in indicators): • All married women in Cameroon • Cameroon women subjected to violence in general and poor women in particular The secondary target groups of this project are: • Members of the National Assembly in Cameroun • Legal representatives (in particular judges and lawyers) from all provinces in Cameroun • NGOs and CSOs within the women’s rights area from all provinces in Cameroun • Civil and public authorities in the 5th arrondissement of Douala • Volunteers, staff and board of WCIC

Indicators of project success related to goal 1 are: - The proposal for legislative change has been brought before the National Assembly and a majority of the National Assembly has voted in favor of the proposal. - 70% percent of the participants at the seminars have expressed that their knowledge on CEDAW/Maputo protocol has improved, 50 % have expressed that their knowledge on how to use it in court has increased and 20% of 10 randomly chosen participants from each seminar have confirmed to have used their new knowledge in the courtroom or in legal processing. - At least 3 out of 15 traditional leaders in Douala’s 5th Arrondissement can explain to an evaluator how they use WCIC’s information to include women in the buying and selling of land and 5 religious leaders express support of WCIC’s cause. - At least 2 out of 20 randomly chosen participating police officers in Douala’s 5th arrondissement can explain to an evaluator which gender sensitive techniques they use. - At least 2 out of 10 Public Notaries have used their knowledge on securing women’s rights before signing a property deed actively. - WCIC has been engaged in 2-4 cases in the Supreme Court on article 1421/1428 and created precedence. Indicators for project success related to goal 2 are: - That a minimum of 89 women (CISU 47, other funding 42) have had their case before a judge, represented for free by WCIC. All CISU funded cases has had relevance for the use of CEDAW or Maputo protocol in court. - That a minimum of 1630 women have been present at mobile legal rights clinics, educational talks or in WCIC’s office, where they have been sensitized on violence against women or have received individual counselling and crisis assistance. Indicators of project success for goal 3 are: - WCIC has had at least 8 media appearances (TV or Radio) advocating for women’s rights and the abolishment of gender-discriminating laws. - WCIC has been in newspapers and on other communication platforms 8 times, and regularly disseminates information on the status and results of their advocacy campaign and/or on issues in relation to women’s rights. - WCIC has funded for support (material or economic) from public agents or local companies on at least 10 occasions and 30 project-applications have been produced and send for public or private international funds and donors. - WCIC has been approved for the UN WOMEN’s list of potential receivers of funds - WCIC and RAW have a written agreement on future cooperation beyond this project and roles and responsibility are described.