About WERC - Project

For Cameroon to become an emerging economy by 2035, and to foster sustainable peace, we must improve opportunities for women and youth. Indeed, 80% of women are unemployed or underemployed. The majority of them work in informal businesses, not only with complex and costly regulatory processes but also with difficult access to credit and capital due to a policy and institutional framework that is an obstacle to their empowerment.

These barriers include administrative measures and/or laws that, intentionally or unintentionally, have been put in place and enforced as “normal measures”, but which in reality constitute an obstacle to the production of wealth and the growth of the country’s economy.

The Nkafu Policy Institute at the Denis and Lenora Foretia Foundation is cognizant of the importance of women’s economic empowerment to the overall development of our nation. We have been doing a lot of work over the years to promote gender equality in Cameroon through women’s economic empowerment. For Cameroon to catch up and become an emerging economy by 2035, and to foster sustainable peace, we must improve opportunities for women and youth.

Women’s Economic Rights in Cameroon Project (WERC)

Objectives

Our project on PROMOTING WOMEN’S ECONOMIC RIGHTS IN CAMEROON seeks to expand the economic opportunities and agency of Cameroonian women by advocating for the removal of gender-specific discriminatory laws.

This project is made possible thanks to the generous support of our esteemed partner – The Atlas Network.

  • Objective 1

    Organize monthly panel discussions/ dialogues that involve women business leaders and policymakers;

  • Objective 2

    Publish quarterly reports and academic papers on the status of existing administrative barriers to women's equal participation in productive activities;

  • Objective 3

    Constitute a working group to champion policy reforms aimed at removing barriers to women's equal participation in productive activities.

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