Cameroonian Refugees Situation SGBV Report

Authored by: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Categories: Human Rights, Humanitarian Emergencies
Sub-Categories: Access to Justice and Rule of Law, Economic Participation, Human Development, Migration, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV)
Country: Cameroon
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa
Year: 2020
Citation: "Cameroonian Refugees Situation SGBV Report." United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. September 2020.

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Executive Summary

Sexual and Gender Based Violence continue to remain a key protection concern in the Cameroonian operation which holds 58,415 refugees as at end of June with children making up to 52% while adult men and women accounted for 45% and elderly 3% of the total population. Out of the total population it should be noted that host communities registered the highest population of 54% while refugees in the settlements were 46%. Since 2019, UNHCR, government line ministries and its protection implementing partners have increased efforts to address issues of SGBV across the three states of Cross River, Benue and Taraba. The mid-year report indicates the increased efforts of access to service provision among survivors of SGBV and the capacity of documentation with an experience attempt in addressing the gaps in knowledge and understanding of how SGBV activities are being implemented among persons of concerns. As a result, UNHCR and its protection partners JRS, Caritas and FJDP have strengthened their capacity in prevention and response to SGBV through a coordinative approach with the Ministry of Women Affairs, Social Welfare Department, Nigeria Police Force (NPF) and the State Emergency Management Authority (SEMA).