The Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch, CAMGEW, has reiterated it’s commitment to protect the environment and make sure that gender is promoted.

This was re-echoed Saturday December 12, 2020 by CAMGEW’s Project Lead of the Women’s Right and Environmental Justice project, Sevidzem Ernestine Leikeki during a one-day workshop of forest stakeholders to promote women’s forest rights with focused on the Kilum-Ijim forest.

“We are here to make sure that the environment is protected and to make sure that gender is promoted. Because we know that where we came from culturally, the forest and the environment are masculine inclined. However, we think that sustainable actions to conserve and preserve the environment for tomorrow needs women and youths”, Sevidzem Ernestine Leikeki said.

During the workshop that brought together over 10 participants from diverse works of life, CAMGEW’s Director, Wirsiy Emmanuel Binyuy, outlined their successes in the Kilum-Ijim forest area since 2009.

In the Kilum-Ijim forest area and environs, the Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch, CAMGEW, has been able to carryout trainings on bee farming, agroforestry and forest regeneration, using of honey bi-products for the production of of wax, candles and soaps. CAMGEW has also offered trainings on nursery Development, child development, environmental education and has offered micro-credit schemes for women.

Participants during the workshop evaluated the success story of CAMGEW in the Kilum-Ijim forest area and discussed ways of making this success story visible to the world.

With more than 2000 women trained already, CAMGEW as of date has planted over 87.000 forest trees in Kilum-Ijim forest.

The Women’s Right and Environmental Justice project is aimed at telling the success story of CAMGEW to the world and also help to influence policy and bring in more women into environment and forest action.

To Sevidzem Ernestine Leikeki, the Kilum-Ijim forest area was chosen because it is a protected area, a natural forest and it is one of those forest that serves as carbon sink for the world. The forest is specifically known for the Oku White Honey.

Cameroon Gender and Environment Watch, CAMGEW, is a non-for-profit organization created in October 2007 to look for a solution to environmental and women’s issues in Cameroon. They work locally an think globally, integrating gender in solving environmental problems in Cameroon while putting social and environmental issues at the centre of development.

By Nji Nelson Chefor

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