The Non-Governmental Organization, NGO, Rural Women for Education and Development, RuWCED has empowered its staff and some stakeholders in Bamenda , North West region to best handle survivors of Gender Based Violence, GBV amid COVID-19.
This was the substance of a two-day workshop in the North West regional capital that touched on best principles in humanitarian actions such as humanity, impartiality, neutrality, security amongst others.
Participants were also thought on the need to institute a survivor-centered approach in handling victims of GBV . They were told that survivors need confidentiality in handling their challenges.
A facilitator at the training, Barrister Lamago Françoise, told participants that “ not everybody carrying out charity is a humanitarian actor. Humanitarian actors are organizations that adhere to the guiding principles of humanitarian actions”.
Akalambi Claire a staff of RuWCED said knowledge received “… will help me especially when relating to survivors of GB.
We were educated on using a survivor centered approach in handling cases of GBV and also making sure we respect confidentiality of clients information and not to be judgmental when handling their cases”
One of the legal mind at the training said abortion is “acceptable only to save the life of the mother and when the pregnancy results from rape with a certification of prosecution of the case of rape in Cameroon under section 339 of the penal code. Aside the two exceptions, abortion is punishable under penal code 337”.
The Monitoring and Evaluation officer of RuWCED, Ngwa Elvis, warned that:
Induced or voluntary abortion often leads to complications when done by a non-medical practitioner. It is considered a public health problem as it causes 25% of maternal mortality”.
Ngwa disclosed that “in a research we did, we discovered some women and girls go to non- professionals is to run away from stigmatization and the gap with the law on voluntary termination of pregnancy thus the need to bring these stakeholders fora way forward.”
A psychologist of medicine Du monde Swiss who spoke at the training said women suffer mentally whether abortion is legal or not. “They sometimes suffer from trauma, depression amongst others which need proper follow up,” the medic said.