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Report on GPS in Limbe & Kumba

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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
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Validation of the Reports of the Gender Public Squares (Round Table Conference) conducted
in Limbe and Kumba on 3
The report on the Gender Public Squares
in Kumba (4th March 2015) were
meeting held at MUDEC secretariat on 13
After discussions and explanations the const
The validation committee included the following persons:
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1 Anu Vincent
2 Charlie Mbonteh
3 Ewane Mathew
4 Atabong Atem Eugene
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rd and 4th March 2015 respectively.
which were organized in Limbe (3
presented by the consultant of Lewabong during
th March 2015.
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Finance Officer
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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).
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Subject: Invitation to a One (01) d
To: The Mayors Limbe I, II, III Councils,
The Divisional Delegates of MINPROFF, MINEPAT & MINAS
Cc: The Member of Parliament, Fako East
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 adv
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,
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Date:
ay Gender Public Square (GPS) in Limbe.
– Fako.
Constituency, Fako Division.
ocate for Increasing
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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”
Report on: Gender Public Square (GPS) in Limbe and Kumba
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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).
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Subject: Invitation to a One (01) day Gender Public Square (GPS)
To: The Mayors Kumba I, II, III Councils,
The Divisional Delegates of
transporters Union.
Cc: The Member of Parliament, Kumba Ur
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
Transporters Union …… 3 participants,
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Date:
in Kumba
MINPROFF, MINEPAT, MINADER & MINAS –
ban Constituency, Meme Division.
participants,
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23rd February 2015
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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”
Report on: Gender Public Square (GPS) in Limbe and Kumba
PASC is a European Union Program
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
A Forum for Practical Gender Budgeting in
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
conducted in 06 Pilot Councils of the South West
(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.
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The Gender Public Square (GPS).
Councils.
The Program:
Findings of the Gender Responsive Budgeting Study
Region
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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.
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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.
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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 SubDivisional Councils in Limbe and Kumba.
 To elaborate terms of reference for engagement with local authorities on gender
budgeting in councils.
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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.
 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.
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• 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.
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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
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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 disaggregated 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.
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 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.
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Group-work Limbe III Council Group-work Limbe II Council
Brainstorming by Councilors of Kumba I Councilors of Kumba III engaged in discussions
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Institutional Framework for the Gender Committees
The institutional framework for implementing the national gender policy is described in the diagram
below:
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
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
TECHNICAL SECRETARIAT
Presided over by the Secretary General of
the Ministry in charge of women’s
empowerment and gender promotion
TARGET POPULATION:
(Communities, families, women,
the youth, vulnerable groups)
PARTNERS
– Sector Ministries
– Gender focal points
– Civil Society Organizations
– Development Partners
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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
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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
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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)
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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
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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.
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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.
12 Introduce WOFIG to the Parliamentarians and
Senators.
13 Secure copies of the Communal Development Plans
(CDP) & analyze the gender composition.
14 Review Log frames of MINFROFF, MINAS, MINADER
in CDP
15 Hold meetings with council executive on the budget
& Financing Gender Activities
16 Hold meetings with council executive on the Council
Contracts & Gender Implications
17 Hold meetings with MINEPAT on the Public
Investment Budget & Financing Gender.
18 Write Letters of collaboration to the MPs, Senators,
and Elites of each council area.
19 Develop a Communication Plan to enhance
engagement of development partners
20 Solicit cooperation from local, national and
international partners / businesses.
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Picture Gallery:
LIMBEWOFIG Steering Group Members Gender Committee of Limbe III Council
MINPROFF Delegation in Limbe & Mayor Listening. KUMBAWOFIG Steering Group Members
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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
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(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
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(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).
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(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,
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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
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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.
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(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
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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:
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 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).
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(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 farfetched 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.
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 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.
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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.
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 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:
Tel: 677 64 94 30 / 694 34 43 52
Email: mudecgroup@yahoo.com / mudecgroup@gmail.com
Visit: www.mudecgroup.org