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Police Actions at Protests Need Scrutiny, Cameroonians Say

Region: Cameroon

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

A student details the clash between schoolmates and police at the University of Buea, during one of many protests in English-speaking regions of Cameroon in the last few months. Various groups are compiling information on arrests and the possible disappearance of citizens, and urging the release of demonstrators and sanctions against any police officers who used excessive force or committed other crimes.

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Rescued from Labor Trafficking, One Woman In Cameroon Now Works to Help Others

Region: AfricaCameroon

Topics: Human Rights

African women are among those trapped in forced labor in Kuwait and other countries. One woman, recently rescued herself, is working to help them escape and educate others about the potential dangers of working abroad.

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As Terrorism Spikes in Cameroon, Locals Feel Ignored by International Community

Region: Cameroon

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Suicide bombings by armed group Boko Haram have spiked in Cameroon, where residents are frustrated by the lack of international outcry to the violence. Local activists are working with youth to combat terrorism. Another attack was confirmed on Jan. 13 at a mosque in the Far North region.

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Cameroon Struggles to Enforce Plastic-Bag Ban As Black Market Supports Demand From Retailers

Region: AfricaCameroon

Topics: BusinessHuman RightsPolitics

It has been almost a year and a half since Cameroon banned the sale and use of nonbiodegradable plastic bags, a move that was intended to stem the proliferation of plastic pollution. But without an affordable alternative, and with customers demanding that groceries and other products be packaged, retailers created demand for smugglers who sneak the bags in from nations such as Nigeria. The government of Cameroon is trying to find a solution.

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Complaints About Pidgin Radio Shows’ Treatment of Women Prompts Increased Government Monitoring

Region: Cameroon

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

Bamenda radio listeners say news presenters on pidgin English shows treat women as sex objects and shame those who have been sexually assaulted or harassed. Fearing blame and ridicule, some women now refrain from reporting sex crimes. In response to frequent listener complaints, the government is educating broadcasters on the importance of professionalism – and it threatens to close down stations that continue to flout the journalism code of ethics.

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Lone Female Taxi Driver Battles Sexism in Cameroon

Region: AfricaCameroon

Topics: BusinessHuman Rights

In the capital of Cameroon’s Northwest region, some people who flag taxis won’t get in one driven by Solange Besong, the only woman among the city’s 4,000 registered cabbies. While some passengers doubt her competence or claim she’s just out to prove something, others commend and encourage her. Besong, who plans to drive heavy-duty trucks or construction vehicles someday, says she’s just earning a good living to raise her kids.

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Cameroon Struggles to Reduce Maternal Death Rate

Region: AfricaCameroon

Topics: HealthHuman Rights

Many U.N. member nations have made strides toward the goal of reducing their maternal mortality rates by 75 percent from 1990 to 2015. Cameroon reduced its rate by only 18 percent from the benchmark year to 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available. In response, the government is stepping up its efforts to help pregnant women, especially those living in rural areas, get access to quality prenatal care and clinic deliveries.

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Decades After Helping Cameroon Win Independence, Veteran Wants Recognition for Her Service

Region: Cameroon

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Felicitas Ntang, one of the rare Cameroonian women who took up arms against the French, would like the government to honor her for the four years she battled for independence.

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Activist Promotes Charter Ending Wife Inheritance and Degrading Widowhood Rites in Cameroon

Region: AfricaCameroon

Topics: Human Rights

Wife inheritance and humiliating widowhood rites are the norm in some villages in the Northwest region of Cameroon. To end these practices, Anne Stella Fomumbod has come up with a rule book that protects the rights and honor of widows.

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Many African, South Asian Women Bleach Their Skin Despite Severe and Lasting Side Effects

Region: AfricaCameroon

Topics: BusinessHealthHuman Rights

In deference to a cultural preference for fair skin, women in Africa and South Asia spend billions of dollars a year on skin-lightening products despite often severe side effects.

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