Cameroon: Gender profile for the South West crisis, Buea, May 2019

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The humanitarian response has been put in place to alleviate the suffering of populations affected by the so called "Anglophone crisis", with gender sensitivity being essential since conflicts and crisis situations affect women, girls, men and boys differently as they do not face the same realities. A field trip to the town of Buea in the South-West region was carried out by UN Women to collect primary and secondary data and establish a gender profile to provide the humanitarian system (coordinators, clusters, implementing agencies, international and local NGOs/CSOs, etc.) with succinct, pragmatic, accurate, timely and freely available primary and secondary information on the specific needs and vulnerabilities of women, girls, men and boys affected by the crisis.


The methodological approach used in this work focused on three main steps:

− Given the rather precarious security context, secondary and primary data were collected from key informants invited for a one-day workshop. These key informants are: UN Agencies (UNHCR, OCHA, UNICEF, IOM), staff of MINPROFF decentralized offices, MINSANTE, MINEDUB in Buea, local CSOs and NGOs, local women's representative organizations. The exchanges were guided by an Interview Guide covering the priority clusters. Namely : health, education, WASH, food security, shelter/NFI, protection (GBVCP).

− Secondary sources have been exploited, such as the following : ✓ BUCREP/UN Women's Demographic Study on Gender (2016/2019); ✓ The rapid gender analysis carried out in the NOSO by Care International and Plan International in May 2019; ✓ The GBV rapid assessment carried out by IRC in January 2019;

− The holding of Focus group discussions separately with internally displaced persons in groups of women, men, girls and boys.