The World Food Programme (WFP) in Cameroon has reiterated the commitment to mainstream Gender based violence in her operations as hunger can cause or exacerbate existing GBV risks.
This was during a workshop at WFP’s office in Yaoundé on December 14, 2020 with WFP and her Cooperating Partners from the Far North, East, Adamawa, North West and south West regions aimed amongst others at brainstorming on better ways to prevent gender-based violence and food insecurity in crisis-hit regions of the country.
The working session according to the WFP Country Director, Wanja Kaaria, is in line with the United Nations (UN) global dialogue initiative, for the organization and her partners to reflect as a group on the successes achieved so far as well as propose ideas on what they think the UN in general and WFP specifically should be doing/focusing in the next decade.
“2020 is the year the UN turned 75 and we will be looking at the perspective between now and when the UN turns a hundred in 2045. So this year is a time of reflection and it also coincides with decade for action,” Wanja said.
With less than 10 years to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), WFP her Cooperating Partners also reflected on what is being done and how to advance towards achieving SDG number2; that of achieving zero hunger as well as SDG 17, partnering to achieve goals.
Also on focus was the role WFP and her partners can play in tackling GBV and food insecurity related issues especially with UN Security Council resolution 2417 that provides a link between hunger and conflict.
“It is clear with all the data that, where there is hunger, there is definitely conflict and vice versa and where there is a conflict, definitely it drives hunger.” Wanja stated.
The participants at the end of the meeting attested to have more than ever before understood the strategic vision of WFP and increased their level of engagement with WFP’s mandate as well as better understood how to mainstream gender in their field operations.