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Cameroon – Violence: 98% of women are victims of violence in the Far North Region

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Written by Deckson N.

This percentage is the result of a study by the Association for the Fight against Violence on Women (Association de Lutte contre les Violences faites aux FemmesALVF).

Forced marriages, sexual assault, rape, etc., the list of violence against women in the Far North is far from being exhaustive. These abuses have just been listed by a study of the Association for the Fight against Violence on  Women (ALVF).

L’Oeil du Sahel, edition of 13 September 2016, informs that the work of ALVF launched in 2014, was based on 290 observations in the Region, as part of the project “Breaking the silence, break taboos, better information on gender based violence in West Africa.

According to the newspaper, “the data collected by this association showed that violence affects all age groups in Cameroon. Only that it’s more pronounced among female persons. 98.3%, against 1.7% for men. And it is young people of 11-20 years who are the first victims, with a rate of 63.8%; followed by the age group between 21 and 30 years, with a rate of 17.6%.

The ALVF in this analysis mentions that “people at the primary level are the most vulnerable to violence (49.8%), followed by victims of secondary level (22.3%) and illiterate (22%). The analysis of the occupations of victims reveals that students are the most affected (51.7%), followed by housewives (27.7% and those with no occupation or unemployed (15, 2%) “.

According to the study, 11.4% of the above-mentioned violence is linked to forced wedding; 9.3% kidnapping; 8.3% physical violence and 4.5 to sexual assault; 3.4% to rape while the moral and domestic violence were respectively 2.8 and 2.4%. According to the same data, “31.7% of the victims Were between 1-5 year-old and 2.4% of the victims are between 6 and 10 year-old.

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