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Financing for Gender Equality

Table of Contents

  1. Table of Contents……………………………………………………………………………………1
  2. Validation of GPS Reports ………………………………………………………………………2
  3. Invitations to GPS……………………………………………………………………………………3
  4. GPS Program ………………………………………………………………………………………….7
  5. Background / Rational of GPS ………………………………………………………………..8
  6. Organization of GPS in Limba and Kumba ………………………………………………10
  7. Institutional Framework for Gender Committees ………………………………….17
  8. Creation of Gender Platforms…………………………………………………………………18
  9. Action Plans…………………………………………………………………………………………….23
  10. Picture Gallery ……………………………………………………………………………………….24
  11. Annexes …………………………………………………………………………………………………25
  •  Strategies for Synergy with MINPROFF.……………………..……………….…25
  •  Guidelines for Engendering the Council Budget.……………………………26
  •  Guide for Lobbying for Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB.……27
  •  Draft Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB.…………………………..….28
  •  Guide to GRB Performance Assessment………………………………………….31
  • Challenges to Women Political Participation.…………………………………34
  •  GRB Steering Group Members in Limbe…………………………………………38
  •  GRB Steering Group Members in Kumba………………………………………..39
  • Addendum to the National Gender Policy in Cameroon…………….……40

PASC is a European Union Program jointly Co-Financed with the Government of Cameroon

Track II Project to Institutionalize Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils of the South West Region in Cameroon.  (677 64 94 30 / 694 34 43 52). mudecgroup@yahoo.com/mudecgroup@gmail.com    www.mudecgroup.org

Validation of the Reports of the Gender Public Squares (Round Table Conference) conducted in Limbe and Kumba on 3rd and 4th March 2015 respectively.

The report on the Gender Public Squares which were organized in Limbe (3rd March 2015) and in Kumba (4th March 2015) were presented by the consultant of Lewabong during a restitution meeting held at MUDEC secretariat on 13th March 2015.

After discussions and explanations the constituted panellists validated the report.

The validation committee included the following persons:

No Name Position Signature
1 Anu Vincent Board  Secretary
2 Charlie Mbonteh Team Leader
3 Ewane Mathew Finance Officer
4 Atabong Atem Eugene Lewabong Consultant

 “Empower people such that they can hold their leaders more accountable and responsive”

 PASC is a European Union Program jointly Co-Financed with the Government of Cameroon

Track II Project to Institutionalize Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils of the South West Region in Cameroon.  (677 64 94 30 / 694 34 43 52). mudecgroup@yahoo.com/mudecgroup@gmail.com    www.mudecgroup.org

 Date: 23rd February 2015

Subject: Invitation to a One (01) day Gender Public Square (GPS) in Limbe.

To: The Mayors Limbe I, II, III Councils,

The Divisional Delegates of MINPROFF, MINEPAT & MINAS – Fako.

Cc: The Member of Parliament, Fako East Constituency, Fako Division.

Sir / Madam,

Your organization has been invited to take active part in a Gender Public Square (GPS) which is organized by the Municipal Development Counselling (MUDEC) Group, (a Buea based Local Capacity Builder).

The main objective of the GPS is to elaborate practical strategies to advocate for Increasing Financing for Gender Equality (F4GE) in Councils of the South West Region.

Please send participants as follows:

Limbe I Council …..  7 participants,

Limbe II Council …. 7 participants,

Limbe III Council …. 7 participants,

MINPROFF ………… 7 participants,

MINEPAT ………….. 1 participant,

MINAS ……………..  1 participant,

Date: 3rd March 2015.

Time: 9 am

Venue: Catholic Hall, Limbe.

Participants should come with accreditation letters as well as photocopies of their National Identity Cards. Transport will be reimbursed at a flat rate of 3,000 frs CFA.

This GPS is financed by the European Union (PASC) within collaboration with the Government of Cameroon.

Sincerely

 “Empower people such that they can hold their leaders more accountable and responsive”

PASC is a European Union Program jointly Co-Financed with the Government of Cameroon

Track II Project to Institutionalize Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils of the South West Region in Cameroon.  (677 64 94 30 / 694 34 43 52). mudecgroup@yahoo.com/mudecgroup@gmail.com    www.mudecgroup.org

Date: 23rd February 2015

Subject: Invitation to a One (01) day Gender Public Square (GPS) in Kumba.

To: The Mayors Kumba I, II, III Councils,

The Divisional Delegates of MINPROFF, MINEPAT, MINADER & MINAS – Meme, Kumba transporters Union.

Cc: The Member of Parliament, Kumba Urban Constituency, Meme Division.

Sir / Madam,

Your organization has been invited to take active part in a Gender Public Square (GPS) which is organized by the Municipal Development Counselling (MUDEC) Group, (a Buea based Local Capacity Builder).

The main objective of the GPS is to elaborate practical strategies to advocate for Increasing Financing for Gender Equality (F4GE) in Councils of the South West Region.

Please send participants as follows:

Kumba I Council …..  6 participants,

Kumba II Council …. 6 participants,

Kumba  III Council …. 6 participants,

MINPROFF (WEC) ……….. ………… 6 participants,

Transporters Union …… 3 participants,

MINEPAT ………….. 1 participant,

MINAS ……………..  1 participant,

MINADER …………. 1 participant.

 

Date: 4th March 2015

Time: 9 am

Venue: Catholic Hall, Kumba Town.

Participants should come with accreditation letters as well as photocopies of their National Identity Cards. Transport will be reimbursed at a flat rate of 3,000 frs CFA.

This GPS is financed by the European Union (PASC) within collaboration with the Government of Cameroon.

Sincerely

 “Empower people such that they can hold their leaders more accountable and responsive”

PASC is a European Union Program jointly Co-Financed with the Government of Cameroon

Track II Project to Institutionalize Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils of the South West Region in Cameroon.  (677 64 94 30 / 694 34 43 52). mudecgroup@yahoo.com/mudecgroup@gmail.com    www.mudecgroup.org

The Gender Public Square (GPS).

A Forum for Practical Gender Budgeting in Councils.

The Program:

Time Module
9  – 10 am
  • Arrival & Registration of Participants
  • Self Introduction & Views on Gender Responsive Budgeting
  • Justification / Objectives of the GPS
10 -10:30 am Coffee Break
10:30 – 12pm Presentation  on the Findings of the Gender Responsive Budgeting Study conducted in 06 Pilot Councils of the South West Region(Buea, Nguti, Ekondo Titi, Menji, Tinto, Kumba I)
12pm – 1pm Presentation of the Council Budget Process / Budget Rubrics & Vouchers System
1pm- 2pm Lunch
2pm – 4pm Discussions on Findings (challenges & gaps)
Brainstorming and validation of Strategies to Increase Financing for Gender Equality in Councils.
4pm – 4.30  pm Closing  / Departure

“Empower people such that they can hold their leaders more accountable and responsive.

Background / Rational to the organization of GPS in Limbe & Kumba:

In 2011, MUDEC received assistance from the European Union funded Civil Society Support Program (PASOC) to institutionalize Financing for Gender Equality in Local Councils of the South West Region of Cameroon. Popular Gender Audit (PGA) was conducted in each of the 6 pilot councils (one per division) including Buea for Fako, Ekondo Titi for Ndian, Kumba I for Meme, Menji for Lebialem, Nguti for Kupe Muanenguba and Tinto for Manyu Divisions).

These six (06) councils adopted Municipal Deliberations bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting (GRB) in 2011.  In December 2013, MUDEC benefited from another financial support from the European Union through its Civil Society Strengthening Program (PASC). Within the framework of this support, a consultant was engaged in May and June 2014 to conduct a study of the pilot councils which had adopted municipal deliberations bearing on GRB. As a follow up to the study, Gender Public Squares (GPS) which constitute results sharing and strategies elaboration forums will be organized in Bangem, Limbe and Kumba.

Objectives:

i)   To ascertain the degree of implementation of Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB in 6 pilot councils.

ii)   To determine the challenges encountered by pilot councils in engendering their budgets.

iii)  To propose solutions to identified gaps.

The Scope (6 councils) :

Persons reached during the study included Mayors, Female Deputy Mayors, Committee Chairpersons, and Councilors, Secretaries General,  Municipal Treasurers, Development and Finance Agents, Finance Officers, Beneficiaries of Council Services, Council collaborators including MINPROFF, MINEPAT, MINAS and MINADER.

Findings :

a)      What Council Authorities say that they do in terms of GRB is not what is practiced regarding consultations during the budget process.

b)      Councils do not have Gender Disaggregated Data on planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of council activities. Basic gender information is limited to Women Day, Labour Day, Youth Holiday Employment and Scholarships to Youths.

c)      Council staffs do not master the skills to engender the budget (see Mayors’ Action Plans and the munities of issues raised during committee deliberations).

d)      Key collaborators and partners such as MINPROFF, MINEPAT, MINAS, MINADER and the PNDP do not insist on gender disaggregation information for council activities. They either lack the knowledge or posses the will for such enforcement. They might even be gender blind.

e)      Beneficiaries of council activities are either unaware or nonchalant on the need to track the gender composition of council activities.

Proposed Suggestions to enhance GRB in local councils :

1)      Create and Support Functional Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) in all municipalities within the region. These foundations will sustain the sensitization of the population and maintain regular lobbying and advocacy for GRB in councils.

2)      Hold regular consultations (may be quarterly) between the Council Executive, Secretary General, Municipal Treasurer, and executives of WOFIG. The objectives will centre on planning, review and evaluation of GRB in their respective councils.

3)      Create and maintain a data base on Council Funding for Gender Equality.

4)      Disseminate copies of the draft National Gender Policy for Cameroon and empower WOFIG members to implement the contents within the context of local realities. This will include the creation of gender Committees as prescribed by the policy document.

Major concerns from the field:

Challenges to access information from Councils and Supervisory Authorities.

Train Non State Actors (women, youth, and persons with disabilities) on how to make use of the recently created Administrative Courts to seek redress to gender gaps.

Institute a minimum academic and professional qualification for the positions of Councilors and Mayors.

Organization of Gender Public Squares in Limbe & Kumba:

Based on the findings from the field and in an effort to localize the suggestions from the study, Gender Public Squares (GPS) were organized in Limbe and Kumba respectively on the 3rd and 4th March 2015 involving 30 participants each including all female elected councillors, Secretaries General of the councils, representatives of technical services (MINPROFF, MINAS, MINADER and MINEPAT), women and youth groups, socio professional associations. In all a total of sixty (60) participants were directly reached.

Opening Remarks by MP for Fako East                Supportive Reactions by the Mayor of Limbe I

Main Objective: These forums were organized to discuss and adopt strategies which could enable councils in Limbe and Kumba to increase Financing for Gender Equality (F4GE).

Specific Objectives:

To sensitize development actors (Local Administrators and Non State Actors) on the need and process to engender the budget of their Councils.

To facilitate the implantation of functional gender platforms within Sub-Divisional Councils in Limbe and Kumba.

To elaborate terms of reference for engagement with local authorities on gender budgeting in councils.

  1. I. Plenary Presentations:

a)  Gender Responsive Budgetary Framework in Local Councils.

Specific Objectives:

  • Identify needs of men and women in the council budget process.
  •  Assess the gender dimension of the council budget.

b)     Why is Gender Budgeting (GB) important?

  •  Stakeholders will appreciate the expenditure and revenue that address gender inequality by identifying the impact on women and girls/ men and boys.
  • Identify budget items that reflect the needs, interest and priorities of the disadvantaged gender (or social categories, boys/girls, men/women, aged, marital status).
  • GB reflects values, power relations and political priorities, as it has differential impact on women and men.

c)      Why do Budgets appear to be Gender neutral? They:

  • Are formulated on aggregate amounts and items, not people.
  •  Ignore the different social roles, responsibilities and capacities of women and men.  (Who contributes and enjoys what?)
  •  Have the same effect on everyone to serve the “public interest” and needs of all person.

v  No budget is gender neutral, if a budget is not gender focused then it is gender blind.

d)     Why gender Budgets.

  • To promote gender equality, empower the marginalized, raise the social and economic status of women and men.
  • To enhance participation, democracy and good governance, as budget policies articulate the voice and concerns of women and men.

e)      How do we measure gender dimension of a budget. (Gender audit)     

  • Self-assessment, identifying perceptions on how gender issues are addressed in internal organization and programming of activities.
  • Examine if activities in system address gender equality and empowerment.
  • Gender social audit or gender budget audit.
  • Elaborate a Gender Action Plan to mainstream gender.

f)       Gender Budget Audit:    

  • Evaluating the achievement of gender equality in the budgetary process and content.
  •  Content: Focus on amounts and patterns of expenditure and revenue which promote gender equality.
  •   Process level:  Focus on transparency and participation as entry point for influencing budget priorities, at each stage of intervention.

g)      Gender Audit Matrix: Actors in the Budgetary Process:

Phases Actors Gender ratios
Preparation Mayor, SG, Finance Clerk (FC), Municipal Treasurer (MT), Councillors, SDO
Implementation Mayor, SG, Finance Clerk (FC), Municipal Treasurer (MT), Finance Controllers, Councillors, SDO.
Consolidation and Evaluation Mayor, SG, Finance Clerk (FC), Municipal Treasurer (MT), Finance Controllers, Councillors, SDO, State Control   

Note:                                                   

Key Stakeholders who are not implicated in the budget process include the Council Development Agents and Finance Agents who are responsible for the Communal Development Plans (CDP) of each municipality.

Another key stakeholder absent in the budget process includes Non State Actors (women, youth, socio-professional groups) who are mostly beneficiaries of council services as well as payers of council taxes.

  1. II.  Plenary Exercises:

From the council organizational chart showing roles and responsibilities, participants in plenary identified the main actors in the budget process of the average council using the Gender Audit Metric table below:

Phases Actors Gender ratios Outcomes/results
    Men  Women     Equality  empowerment
         
       
         
Grand Total (%)        

Key fact from the Plenary Exercise:

Women make-up more than 50% of the population, but constitute less than 30% of the key actors in the council budgetary process.

In conclusion, participants observed that there is a wide gap in gender equality thus the need to empower women for decision making positions in Councils.

III. Reactions from Key Actors involved in Budget Elaboration:

a)      From Hon. Gladys Etombi (Member of Parliament for Fako East): She was delighted to be among all the female councilors of Limbe and some of their key collaborators representing Government Technical Services whose mission hinge on improving the living standards of the population with focus on women. She offered the services of her office as not only a venue for future follow-up meetings but also her expertise as resource person, former Deputy Mayor of Limbe, and successful businesswoman. She stressed on the need for synergy between the Municipal Budget, the Micro-Project Funds for Members of Parliament and the Public Investment Budget of Cameroon. She urged the women who will constitute follow-up committees to be very proactive in their search for skills, tools and partners who will foster the cause of Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils. The MP offered to host the first follow-up meeting that was scheduled for 6th March 2015 with objective to elaborate Internal Rules and Regulations.

b)     From Mr. Ro-Danny Mbua Mokako (Mayor, Limbe I Council): The Mayor admitted his limited understanding of GRB at the council level insisting that major projects including markets, streets, schools and hospitals benefit everyone including women but promised his availability to be enlightened by female councilors and to collaborate in every form to the ideals that would foster financing for gender equality. He promised to work for a Municipal Deliberation bearing on GRB in his council.

c)      Summary of comments made by the various Secretaries General (SG) of the participating six (06) councils (Mrs Nche Ida Mambo (Secretary General, Limbe I), Mrs. Ashu Eposi (Secretary General, Limbe II), Mr. Njonji John (Secretary General, Limbe III), Mrs. Pamela Ntungwe (Secretary General, Kumba I), Mr. Sone Julius (Secretary General, Kumba II) and Mr. Sibicho Njowo Lawrence (Secretary General, Kumba III): These staff of the six councils involved in both the GPS in Limbe and Kumba had an equal gender divide (50% female and 50% male). Surprisingly, only one of them (the S\G of Kumba I Council) had a good knowledge on engendering the municipal budget. The others admitted that they were not gender focused preferring to analyze council projects based on their location and the wishes of the Mayor. They complained that they did not have a free hand in making such decisions because council data was not gender dis-aggregated and they lacked the know-how to engage the process. On a positive note, all SGs expressed their willingness to collaborate with female councilors and sector heads to collect gender related data and to follow the lead of Kumba I Council in elaborating Municipal Deliberations bearing on GRB in their councils.

d)     General views on Council Budgeting from other participants:

  • Few women participate in decision making organs in their communities.
  • Few female councilors express themselves during committee deliberations.
  • Restriction of budget analysis to the finance committee where few females are represented.
  • Female Councilors did not understand how to get involved in the budget implementation. They anticipated the acquisition of new skills and tools to effectively engage the GRB process
  • Several Councilors (more that 85%) vote the budget without proper understanding of the details. Participants thought that it was necessary to detail the budget to the understanding of all.
  • Reference was made on the need to have Monitoring and Evaluation committees within the council to ensure follow up of activities of the council.

After reactions in plenary and group discussions on the composition of gender platforms at each council level, the moderator led discussions on putting in place practical GRB strategies beginning with a review of the institutional framework for Gender Committees in Cameroon.

During a review of the institutional framework, participants observed that the Gender Committee is headed by the Divisional Officer who in most cases is male, usually not gender focused and not a direct stakeholder in terms of sharing the felt needs of the population especially women. As an administrator who can be transferred to any location at any given time, the issue of sustainability of the functioning of Gender Committees will be highly compromised or in doubt.

A proposed addendum was adopted by which the female Deputy Mayor was to Chair the actual (daily) functioning of the committee but should hold periodic briefings with the Divisional Officer at the Level of each council. This addendum is presented in the annex.

Another innovation was the creation of Gender Steering Groups (comprising representatives of each sub-divisional council) who will engage the aspirations of  Gender Committees at the City level in Limbe and Kumba.

Group-work Limbe III Council                                  Group-work Limbe II Council

Brainstorming by Councilors of Kumba I               Councilors of Kumba III engaged in discussions

Institutional Framework for the Gender Committees

The institutional framework for implementing the national gender policy is described in the diagram below:

 

PARTNERS

–        Sector Ministries

–        Gender focal points

–        Civil Society Organizations

–        Development Partners

 

 

     INTERMINISTERIAL COMMITTEE

Presided over by the Prime Minister,

Head of Government

 

TECHNICAL COMMITTEE

  • Presided over by the Ministry in charge of women’s empowerment and gender promotion

 

  • In conjunction with the Ministry in charge of planning,  regional development and international technical cooperation

 

TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT

Presided over by the Secretary General of the Ministry in charge of women’s empowerment and gender promotion

 

REGIONAL GENDER COMMITTEES

Presided over by the Regional Governors

 

Regional Delegates in charge of women’s empowerment and gender promotion are responsible for the technical coordination

Sector  Regional Delegates Régionaux sectoriels

 

  • Decentralized      Public

Authorities

 

  • Civil Society Organizations

 

 DIVISIONAL GENDER COMMITTEES

Presided over by Divisional Officers

 

  Divisional

Delegates

 

SUB-DIVISIONAL             GENDER COMMITTEES

Presided over by Sub-Divisional Officers

 

 

 

Sub-Divisional Delegates

TARGET POPULATION:

(Communities, families, women, the youth, vulnerable groups)

IV. Creation of Gender Platforms:

To close the gap between where women are and where they want to be, female councils and their collaborators were urged to begin with the creation of two (02) Gender Platforms in each council. These platforms include; Women Foundations for Inclusive Governance (WOFIG) and Gender Committees. Below are listings of the composition of members per council (some members were incorporated due to related competencies): 

a)      Limbe I Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (LIMBEWOFIG I)

Constituent Executive Members

No Name Position Profession Contacts
1 Mrs. Eyere Takor Focal Person Teacher 677 948 022
2 Mrs. Angeline Sendze Secretary Teacher
3 Mrs. Cecile Elango Treasurer Teacher 677 600 533
4 Mrs. Rose – Mary Fungsen Member Teacher
5 Mrs. Ida Nche Member SG 677 518 311
6 Mme Fonkwe Prudence Member Teacher 699 985 278
7 Mme Mujingri Irene Member Teacher
8 MINEPAT (Mme Ndam Ngangou) Adviser Civil Servant 677 952 337
9 Hon. Etombi Gladys Special Adviser Business 699 962 728
10 MUDEC Group, Buea Technical Adviser Consultant 677 64 94 30 

b)     Limbe I Council: Gender Committee Members.

No Name Position Contacts
1 Mme Ndongo Beatrice 1st Deputy Mayor 699 886 315
2 Mr. Tayim Musong Godfred Finance Committee
3 Mme Mbiwan Eyere Takor Focal Person 677 948 022
4 Miss. Judith Diffang SDD – MINPROFF 699 985 278
5 Mrs. Florence Mbwaye Councilor 677 56 7890
6 Mrs. Helen Sakwe Councilor 699 802 070
7 Mrs. Justine Nkwinkeh Councilor 675132456
8 Mme Boukole Passale Councilor 699 975 683
9 Mme Martha Nji Councilor 677 853 397

c)      Limbe II Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (LIMBEWOFIG II)

Constituent Executive Members

No Name Position Profession Contacts
1 Mrs. Virginia Nanganoa Focal Person Teacher 699 034 123
2 Mrs. Clara Afadandi Secretary Teacher 673 061 076
3 Mrs. Sophie Njako Nene Financial Secretary Nurse 677 615 736
4 Mrs. Felicitas Njabelle Member Business
5 Miss. Judith Diffang Adviser SDDA- MINPROFF 699 985 278
6 MINAS Adviser Civil Servant
7 MINEPAT (Mme Ndam Ngangou) Adviser Civil Servant 677 952 337
8 Mrs. Eposi Ashu Special Adviser Civil Servant 677 744 979
9 MUDEC Group, Buea Technical Adviser Consultant 677 64 94 30 

d)     Limbe II Council: Gender Committee Members.

No Name Position Contacts
1 Mme Nangah Ndome 1st Deputy Mayor 677 697 067
2 Mr. John Ngu Azi Finance Committee 677 225 280
3 Mrs. Virginia Nanganoa Focal Person 699 034 123
4 Miss. Judith Diffang SDD – MINPROFF 699 985 278
5 Mr. Abanke Moses Councilor 677 545 800
6 Mon Messi Atangana Councilor 677 054 372
7 Mme Ellessa Cecile Councilor 699 997 422
8 Mrs. Dibanda Clara Women Representative 677 766 006
9 Mr. Massoma Kingue Youth Representative 675 024 868 

e)      Limbe III Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (LIMBEWOFIG III)       Constituent Executive Members

No Name Position Profession Contacts
1 Mrs. Elisabeth Tatani Focal Person Teacher 677 372 010
2 Mrs. Clarotine Njoh Secretary Councilor 677 014 564
3 Mrs. Martha Teh Financial Secretary Councilor 675 156 800
4 Mrs. Molongo Maria Member Councilor 673 358 151
5 MINEPAT (Mme Ndam Ngangou) Adviser Civil Servant 677 952 337
6 MINAS Member Civil Servant
7 Miss. Judith Diffang Adviser SDDA MINPROFF 699 985 278
8 Hon. Gladys Etombi Special Adviser MP Fako East 699 962 728
9 MUDEC Group, Buea Technical Adviser Consultant 677 64 94 30

f)       Limbe III Council: Gender Committee Members.

No Name Position Contacts
1 Mrs. Rebecca Lifanda 1st Deputy Mayor 677 916 717
2 Mr. Joseph Nganje Finance Committee
3 Mrs. Elisabeth Tatani Focal Person 677 372 010
4 Miss. Judith Diffang SDD – MINPROFF 699 985 278
5 Mr. George Burnley Councilor
6 Miss Limunga Teh Councilor 675 156 100
7 Mrs. Susan Mokeba Councilor 677 014 564
8 Mrs. Mercy Mafor Women Representative
9 Mr. Ekema Lameh Youth Representative   

g)      Kumba I Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (KUMBAWOFIG I)

Constituent Executive Members

No Name Position Profession Contacts
1 Mme Masango Lydia Enongene Focal Person Teacher 677 736 703
2 Mme Ebangha Ako Secretary Teacher 677 677 117
3 Mme Ebako Julie Financial Secretary Teacher 677 572 247
4 Mme Epie Vivian Treasurer Social Worker 674 877 980
5 Women Empowerment Centre (WEC) Adviser Social Worker 679 664 850
6 MINAS (Chief of Centre) Adviser Civil Servant 674 467 102
7 DD-MINEPAT (Mr. Buinda Godlove) Adviser Civil Servant 677 660 392
8 MUDEC Group, Buea Technical Adviser Consultant 677 64 94 30 

h)     Kumba I Council: Gender Committee Members.

No Name Position Contacts
1 Mme Dom Lenya Jessy Bokwe 1st Deputy Mayor 676 251 180
2 Mr. Nguti Theophilus Finance Committee
3 Mme Masango Lydia Enongene Focal Person 677 736 703
4 WEC SDD – MINPROFF 679 664 850
5 Mme Dominica Nguicha Councilor 677 823 196
6 Mme Matuke Emilia Councilor 677 778 001
7 Mme Mukundu Racheal Councilor 677 250 115
8 Mme Enow Felisha Women Representative 677 872 158
9 Youth Cultural President Youth Representative   

i)        Kumba II  Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (KUMBAWOFIG II)

Constituent Executive Members

No Name Position Profession Contacts
1 Mrs. Foku Roseline Focal Person Business 677 627 429
2 Mme Chine Francisca Secretary Business 677 899 009
3 Mrs. Tata Florence Financial Secretary Business 675 443 223
4 Mrs. Isabella Abanda Treasurer Home-maker 677 555 443
5 WEC Adviser Social Worker 679 664 850
6 Chief of Centre – MINAS Adviser Civil Servant 674 467 102
7 MINEPAT Member Civil Servant
8 MUDEC Group, Buea Technical Adviser Consultant 677 64 94 30

j)        Kumba  II Council: Gender Committee Members.

No Name Position Contacts
1 Mme Nkabyo nee Njuli Ruth 1st Deputy Mayor 675 010 970
2 Mr. Forban Kajetan Jean Finance Committee
3 Mrs. Foku Rosaline Focal Person 677 627 429
4 Mme Ediage Lucia SDD – MINPROFF 679 664 850
5 Mme Che Monica Bih Councilor 677 433 378
6 Mme Marfaw Ruth Councilor 675 344 556
7 Mme Abuza Mary Councilor 677 278 198
8 Mr. Chi Youth Representative   

k)      Kumba III  Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance (KUMBAWOFIG III) Constituent Executive Members

No Name Position Profession Contacts
1 Mme Tazi Bertha Focal Person Teacher 677 940 131
2 Mme Mokemba Lydia Secretary Teacher 677 562 383
3 Mme Sophie Kobs Financial Secretary Teacher 677 889 003
4 Mme Bi Monica Awanda Member Business 677 433 378
5 Mme Ediage Lucia Adviser Social Worker 679 664 850
6 Chief of Centre – MINAS Adviser Civil Servant 674 467 102
7 MINEPAT Member Civil Servant
9 MUDEC Group, Buea Technical Adviser Consultant 677 64 94 30

l)        Kumba III Council: Gender Committee Members.

No Name Position Contacts
1 Mme Elonge Hannah 1st Deputy Mayor 675 936 017
2 Mr. Bigda Rufus Oum Finance Committee
3 Mme Tazi Bertha Focal Person 677 940 131
4 Mme Ediage Lucia SDD – MINPROFF 679 664 850
5 Mrs. Asongwe Olive. Councilor 677 056 158
6 Mrs. Ewubelle Miranda Councilor 676 395 413
7 Mrs. Metewe Clarisse Councilor 676 058 417
8 Mrs. Elizabeth Akumbo Women Representative
9 President, Motor bike Riders Youth Representative

After constituting members of both gender platforms listed above, participants also put in place Gender Steering Group comprising representatives of the various councils to coordinate the activities of the gender platforms at the city level. The list of Gender Steering Group members for Limbe and Kumba are attached in the annex.

A tentative action plan (see below) was presented to serve as a road map for future activities of the gender platforms. Both Steering Groups had scheduled follow up meetings respectively in Limbe on the 6th March 2015 at the office of the Member of Parliament for Fako East (Down-beach, Limbe) and in Kumba on the 13th March 2015 at the Women Empowerment Centre.

The main objective of both meetings was to elaborate draft Internal Rules and Regulations (IRR) which would later facilitate their functioning as well as the process of official recognition by the competent authorities.

 WOFIG Action Plan for 2015 (Tentative): (to be completed during WOFIG enlarged meetings that will be organized later in Limbe & Kumba)

No Activity Responsible Deadline
1 Secure copy of GPS Report from MUDEC.
2 Sensitize for WOFIG membership
3 Register WOFIG with the SDO
4 Develop Internal Rules & Regulations
5 Restitute workshop to female groups
6 Introduce focal team to council administration
7 Sign MOU with council team
8 Introduce Focal Team to Local Administrators
9 Propose timetable for meetings with SG/MT/Mayor
10 Lobby Councilors for Municipal Deliberations bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils
11 Disseminate The Gender Policy in Cameroon to groups in the municipality.

12Introduce WOFIG to the Parliamentarians and Senators.  13Secure copies of the Communal Development Plans (CDP) & analyze the gender composition.  14Review Log frames of MINFROFF, MINAS, MINADER in CDP  15Hold meetings with council executive on the budget & Financing Gender Activities  16Hold meetings with council executive on the Council Contracts & Gender Implications  17Hold meetings with MINEPAT on the Public Investment Budget & Financing Gender.  18Write Letters of collaboration to the MPs, Senators, and Elites of each council area.  19Develop a Communication Plan to enhance engagement of development partners  20Solicit cooperation from local, national and international partners / businesses.

Picture Gallery:

 LIMBEWOFIG Steering Group Members               Gender Committee of Limbe III Council                                          

 

MINPROFF Delegation in Limbe & Mayor Listening.        KUMBAWOFIG Steering Group Members 

Annexes:

(i)  Strategies for Synergy with MINPROFF (Integrate WOFIG into the Planning of Activities of the Regional / Divisional Delegations of the Ministry of Women Affairs & the Family (MINPROFF.)

Integrate project gains (WOFIG / Gender Committees) into MINPROFF Gender Policy in Cameroon

Solicit Linkages between WOFIG and the Department of Gender Studies at the University of Buea, South West Region

Coach on strategies to engender the Council Budget Process

Regularly Review the CDP & the MITEF with focus on Women Empowerment Log frame

Facilitate the mobilization & organization of WOFIG members for popular manifestations on inclusive governance

Develop Data base on Council Financing for Gender Equality

Sensitization of Female Councilors in each Division in Collaboration with the Women Education & Empowerment Program (WEEP)

Hold informal Preparatory & Sensitization Meetings with Mayors

Support gender sensitive analysis, gender budgeting and women’s empowerment in local development processes

Provide advice and support to local councils to ensure the full participation of women in policy consultation, policy development and policy review processes

Support the Ministry of Women’s Affairs & the Family and the Ministry of Territorial Administration & Decentralization to effectively plan, advocate for and implement gender sensitive perspectives, effective advocacy and initiatives to empower women and increase their participation in governance.

Develop guidance & training on gender mainstreaming for local authorities

Support mainstreaming of gender perspectives in the planning and implementation of all project activities

(ii)  Guidelines for Engendering the Council Budget using the Budget Process

(Measurable Performance Indicators)

No Process Level Period Persons Involved How Involved Indicators for Council Authorities Indicators for WOFIG Expected Results
1 Consultations            
 
         
 
         
 
   
2 Draw up
3 Deliberation
4 Approval
   
5 Execution /

M & E

(iii)  Guide to Lobbying for Municipal Deliberation on Gender Responsive Budgeting in Councils.

To: The Mayor ………………………… Council.

From: The Chairperson, Gender Committee of  …………………….. Council.

Date: XX  March 2015

Subject: Municipal Deliberation bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting in ……………. Municipality.

Dear Sir, greetings from the Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance and the Gender Committee of   ……………. Council.

We are glad to inform you that after a recently organized Gender Public Square that brought together all female elected officials of our city, we have developed a roadmap (involving national and international partners) that will support the council in its effort to enhance development and bring happiness to the majority of persons living within our municipality including men, women, girls, boys, widows and persons living with disabilities.

It is in this respect that we are requesting your support that a Municipal Deliberation bearing on Gender Responsive Budgeting in our municipality be engaged during the upcoming Council Administrative Accounts Session in 2015.

To this effect, we attach a draft copy of a Municipal deliberation to facilitate the work of the Secretary General.

We also affix a copy of the attendance sheet with our names indicating our support for this initiative.

NB: To All Female Councilors of Limbe I,II,III, Kumba I, II,III, Bangem, Nguti, Tinto, Ekondo Titi, Menji, Buea).

(iv)  Draft Municipal Deliberation bearing on GRB in Councils.

Deliberation No xxxxxxxx

Authorizing the Mayor to Annually Engender the municipal budget

EXTRACTS FROM THE MINUTES OF XXXXXXXXXX COUNCIL SESSION

OF XXXXXXX MARCH 2015

No. of Councilors that makeup the council; ………

No. of Councilors in function: ……….

No. of Councilors present; …………

In the year two thousand and fifteen, on the……..of March at the …………..council hall, the councilors of the XXXXXX Council met in the XXXX session. In accordance with section 13 of Law no.2004/018 of 22 July 2004, to Law down Rules Applicable to Councils; under the Chairmanship of XXXXXXXXX, Mayor of XXXXXXX Council

XXXXXXXXXX    COUNCIL

Mindful of the Constitution;

Mindful of law no. 2004/017 of 22nd July 2004, bearing on the Orientation of Decentralization;

Mindful of law no.2004/018 of 22nd July 2004 to Law down Rules Applicable to Councils;

Mindful of Decree No.2007/117 of 28th April 2007 creating xxxxxx Councils;

Mindful of Decree No.2008/376 of 12th November 2008 relating to the Administrative Organization of the Republic of Cameroon;

Mindful of DecreeNo.2010/185 of xxxxxxxx appointing Mr. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx as Senior Divisional Officer for xxxxxx Division.

Mindful of the Ministerial Order of xxxxxxxx to Record the Election of xxxxxxx as Mayor of xxxxxxxxx Council.

Considering the convening notice of council meeting No.xxxxxxxxxx of xxxxxxxxx for Administrative Account session for xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Council.

Considering the necessity of service,

HEREBY DELIBRATES AS FOLLOWS

ARTICLE I; That the Mayor is authorized to engender the Municipal Budget such that it reflects the aspirations of disadvantaged and minority groups such as women, youths [boys/girls] and handicap persons within the municipality.

ARTICLE II; That the Supervisory Authority is called upon to facilitate his action in this regard for the interest of women and youths.

ARTICLE III; That this deliberation shall be registered and communicated whenever and wherever necessary.

Done and Deliberated upon in Session at xxxxxxxxxx this xxxxxxxxx

……………………………………….            ……………………………………..             Secretary

Chairman.

VISA

Supervisory Authority

Senior Divisional Officer xxxxxxx

At xxxxxxxxxx on the………………………….

DISTRBUTION

  • NINATD/Yaoundé
  • Governor, S.W.R/Buea
  • SDO   xxxxxxx Division
  • Municipal Treasurer, xxxxxxx Council
  • File/Chrono

Other Related Municipal Deliberations:

To Authorize the Mayor to train staff on “Strategies to Integrate Gender into the Council Budget Process and on “Budget Tracking”.

To Authorize the Mayor to engage partners whose aspirations hinge on gender equity within municipalities.

For Brainstorming & Reflections for WOFIG Members:    

In the construction of a pit toilet regarding the Hygiene and Sanitation program of your council;

  • Distinguish between the two concepts, efficiency and effectiveness with regards to the execution of the gender budget.
  • Discuss the concept of efficiency and effectiveness in the allocation of such budget expenses.

 (v)  Guide to GRB Performance Assessment (proposed by Lewabong Consultants).  

We carry out performance assessment to measure what has changed positively as a result of doing a given set of activities over a certain period. In the case of gender based results assessment in our councils, this will be based on the activities retained in the action plan for the year, mid- term or long term basis.

A useful starting point for such assessment in the council will be the communal development plan. Objectives in the plan envisage changes on a long term basis.  Results in the plan are changes that should occur to lead to the long term change. Activities are the concrete things that are done to cause change. These are usually stated in the form of micro projects.

Taking the example of a communal plan below:

Sector: Women Empowerment and Promotion of the Family

Overall Objective: Reduce social inequality for women (60% of women in the municipality enjoy their rights and assume their duties).

The specific objective that will enable us to reach this target in the objective is stated as:

Specific Objective: Reinforce social cohesion through improved gender equity and equality (Number of women actively participating in political and economic activities increased by 40% by end of 2015).

To attain the target in the specific objective we must achieve results e.g:

Result 1: Participation of women in decision making is increased. (By end of 2015 at least 30% of positions in local decision making structures (the Council, traditional councils, associations etc.) are held by women.

Several activities will have to be realized to obtain the result and its target:

1.1.1: Sensitisation of the population on women and family rights

1.1.2: Organisation of trainings for women’s groups on rights and political participation

1.1.3. Lobbying of political parties and authorities on quotas for women’s representation

1.1.4. Organisation of trainings for women candidates for political office

In order to assess the achievement of the objectives, results and activities stated here above, we have to put in place a monitoring and evaluation system.

Monitoring is a continuous function that uses the systematic collection of data on specified indicators to provide management and the main stakeholders of an ongoing development intervention with indications of the extent of progress and achievement of objectives and progress in the use of allocated funds.

Evaluation is the systematic and objective assessment of an ongoing or completed project, program, or policy, including its design, implementation, and results. The aim is to determine the relevance and fulfilment of objectives, development efficiency, effectiveness, impact, and sustainability.

Monitoring and evaluation are done using indicators.

An indicator is a standard of measure. It is stated in terms of:

Quantity

Quality

Time

Location

Example from a Literacy Programme: 20% of previously illiterate women in Nkikoh Village are able to read and write simple sentences within 6 months of starting the program.

An indicator should be objectively verifiable.

It can be measured

It is clear

It is relevant

It is independent of  other indicators

It can be verified

For gender based performance measurement we have to ensure that:

  • Objectives, results, outputs (benefits from activities) are inclusive of desired gender targets.
  • Indicators can lead to a verification of positive changes in gender relations
  • Data  collected in the course of monitoring and evaluation is gender disaggregated

Finally it is important to always measure our performance because:

  • If you do not measure results, you cannot tell success from failure.
  • If you cannot see success, you cannot reward it.
  •  If you cannot reward success, you are probably rewarding failure.
  •  If you cannot see success, you cannot learn from it.
  • If you cannot recognize failure, you cannot correct it.
  •  If you can demonstrate results, you can win public support.

(Source: Adapted from Osborne & Gaebler 1992).

(vi)   CHALLENGES TO WOMEN POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

Tradition and Cultural Perceptions:

  • The traditional woman has been made to belief that politics and marriage cannot be merged.

Illiteracy:

  • Lack of adequate education submerges them into the political dictates of the men and most often they do more hand clapping and dancing to entertain the male audience at political rallies.

Poverty and lack of Finance:

  • Most women are still heavily dependent on their husbands & male friends financially, and very few husbands especially will want to encourage their wives to get actively involved in politics.

Domestic and Social Constraints:

  • Many women face the triple burden of attending to childcare,, household chores and livelihood including care of the sick and elderly person.
  • With such a workload, they have less time to devote to political post and the thought of her going into politics and running for any of these openings is a far-fetched imagination even when she is qualified to do so.

The P.H.D Syndrome:

  • Women are themselves a major obstacle, and the evil side in all of these is called the P.H.D. or “Pull Her Down” syndrome, which has women working against each other.

The MAMI FOWL Syndrome:

  • Women admire being the only one amongst men in high places. They do not groom others to replace or even compete with them. They scare away other women.

Political Environment:

  • The uneven political playing field on which women are invited to compete with men acts as a deterrent to the women.
  • As a result of male dominance, political life is organized for male norms and values.

WOMEN AND HUMAN RIGHTS

No one shall be subjective to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each region.

Everyone has the right to leave any Country including his / her own, and to return to his/her country.

Everyone has the right to a nationality

No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his / her nationality nor denied the right to change his / her nationality.

Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality, tribe or religion, have the right to marry and found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.

Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses

The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.

Everyone has the right to own property alone as in association with others.

Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favorable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.

Everyone, without any discrimination has the right to equal pay for equal work.

Everyone who works has the right to just and favorable remuneration ensuring for him / herself and his / her family in existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.

Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his / her interests.

Everyone has the right to education.

WOMEN POLITICAL RIGHTS.

The Right to Vote and be Elected:

The convention obligates States parties in their constitutions and laws to take appropriate steps to ensure that women, on the basis of equality with men, enjoy the right to vote in all elections and referendums and also to be elected.

These rights must be enjoyed de jure (by law) and de facto (in actual fact or practically).

The Right to participate in formulation of government policy

This requires the state to ensure that women have the right to participate fully in and be represented in public policy formulation in all sectors and at all levels.

The Right to Participate in Non-Governmental, Public and Political Organizations

Political parties are an important vehicle in decision-making roles and so they as well as government ought to encourage the full and equal participation of women in their activities.

They must also ensure that women have an equal opportunity in practice to serve as party officials and to be nominated as candidates for election.

WOMEN IN POLITICS

Formation of Political Parties

The law of 19th December 1990 on political parties clearly in section II grants freedom to all Cameroonian males or females to form and carry out political activities in the Country.

Eligibility into Post of President of the Republic

Every Cameroon man or woman in possession of his /her full civic rights has the rights to stand for the post of the President of the Republic irrespective of sex.

WOMEN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT

  • Women are more open to change.
  • Women can criticize intelligently while smiling.
  • Women are more concrete and practical.
  • Women are not interested in politicking but want results.
  • Women can perform better than men if they want to work.
  • Women bring more impact.
  • Women use knowledge more efficiently than a man because a man prefers to drink but women want to increase income.

WAYFORWARD

Women should create powerful lobbying groups and mechanisms that will act as a fast track approach to increasing women’s access into the political arena. (Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance.. WOFIG)

 Political parties, NGOs and even trade unions should help women within their organizations to systematically promote women’s participation from the bottom & upwards.

 Women should get actively involved within the political parties and be responsible enough to take up leadership roles, and be part of the much needed support of an active women’s movement (WOFIG).

Women politicians from different parties should also be encouraged to get together and create a women’s voice, an eventually create a national forum for women (WOFIG).

Women should be able to gain confidence in women and efforts should be made to build the confidence of women to stand out and to run for offices (WOFIG).

Women should be able to review and challenge electoral processes and discriminatory practices that hunt women’s aspirations to decision-making, including violence against women.

WOFIG should facilitate the creation and functioning of a University Women forum.

WOFIG should use all women forums within the Region to disseminate information.

Women Political Leaders should use the media as much as possible (women friendly media; meeting houses, Church announcements  …etc).

Even though there is need to pursue numerical representation; women should also lobby for women representatives who will be effective in promoting gender equitable change (WOFIG).

The Divisional Delegations for Women Empowerment and the Family should facilitate the registration of women to vote.

 

 

Women interested in tabling their candidature for Council, Parliament & Senate should start the ground work now!!!

        WOMAN YOUR TIME IS NOW, DO NOT MISS IT

Women Foundation for Inclusive Governance

(WOFIG)

 Analyze where you are as at 2nd May 2015.

Make Concrete Projections where you want to be as at September 30th 2018 & beyond.

Elaborate Practical Strategies accompanied by a Follow-up Plan that will enable you to get to your 2018 Projections.

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MUDEC Group:

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