Gender Equality at the Center of Two Workshops in Yaounde

 

The six-month action plan of the Gender Ad Hoc Committee (CAG): Steps in the development of the COMIFAC gender strategy from 31 March 2013.

 

The month of February was marked by two strategic sub-regional workshops organized by the COMIFAC Executive Secretariat (ES), with Canada’s financial support. The first was intended to build the capacities of COMIFAC’s Gender ad hoc Committee (CAG) members, CEFDHAC and its networks, especially REFADD, and the second to inform COMIFAC ES, its experts and the CBFP partners. Through this mandate, CIDA intended to support COMIFAC and its Gender ad Hoc Committee, its networks and the CBFP, in order to capitalize on their gains and help to develop COMIFAC gender strategy.

 

The workshops were conducted amid a flurry of activity in the sub-region with: The holding of the next CBFP partners’ meeting in Douala; COMIFAC ES showed particular interest in issues relating to gender equality (EFH); the existence of the COMIFAC Gender ad Hoc Committee (CAG) as the specialized mechanism established by the COMIFAC and which should be enhanced; the US as the next CBFP Facilitator as from May 2013, and Germany offering its collaboration in Facilitation for the January-May 2013 transitional period.

 

Both working meetings helped to foster a participatory approach enabling exchange of information, the validation of suggested processes in order to engage actors in the collaborative approach.

 

1. Capacity building workshop for CEFDHAC CAG members, its networks, especially the REFADD, on gender equality

 

The workshop that took place from 13 to 14 February 2013 in Yaounde had two objectives, including:

-       To build the capacities of CAG members and other members identified with regard to gender mainstreaming in the development of COMIFAC’s gender strategy,

-       To develop, in consultation with the actors, the agenda for a Gender thematic workshop scheduled to hold on the sidelines of the CBFP partners’ meeting on 18 March 2013, relating to the approach for developing COMIFAC's gender strategy.

 

Following two days of intense deliberations based on a participatory approach on several themes, the following results were achieved:

-       CAG members and partners in attendance initially brainstormed on the development of the COMIFAC’s gender strategy and priorities; this reflection was also validated during the session of dialogue with the ES, its experts and COMIFAC partners.

-       CAG members and partners in attendance also discussed the content of the next thematic day. The objectives and the expected outcomes as well as the main items on the agenda were clarified.

-       CAG members also prepared a proposed revision of the CAG mandate to be submitted to the COMIFAC ES. Discussions revolved respectively around: The name of the committee, the statute, the connection, the roles and responsibilities, the structure, the operation of the CAG so as to formalize it and give it a permanent status.

-       Finally, a CAG action plan for the next 6 months was elaborated, setting out the way forward for the finalization of COMIFAC’s gender strategy after 31 March 2013.

 

 

2. High level discussion workshop with the Executive Secretariat, its experts and the CBFP members

 

This meeting held on 18 February in Yaounde, aimed to open dialogue and develop a common vision among COMIFAC Executive Secretariat members, its partners and the CBFP partners on the institutionalization of gender within COMIFAC, as well as on the role of stakeholders in the development and implementation of a structured and concerted gender strategy.

 

Based on a participatory approach and an atmosphere of open dialogue, participants were able in a single day to:

 

-       contribute significantly to reflection on the gender mainstreaming and the development of a draft gender strategy,

-       Agree on the implications and roles of effective gender mainstreaming within COMIFAC,

-       Identify ways to effectively support the role of the technical council of COMIFAC’s Gender ad hoc Committee.

 

Available for download:

 

♦ Mission Report of CIDA Consultant in Support to COMIFAC Executive Committee

 

♦ COMIFAC Gender Ad hoc Committee Roadmap 

 

 

Go back

CBFP News

Invitation to join Congo Basin' World Pangolin Day 2017's Celebration and Social Media Campaign

"...Join us to get the word out and be a voice for Central Africa's pangolins! Together let’s protect our pangolins! ... The Social Media Campaign  to celebrate World Pangolin Day 2017 and show your support for pangolin conservation by spreading messages through Facebook and Twitter and encouraging..."

Read more …

COMIFAC Operational 2017: New statutory team sets priorities for 2017

From 7 to 8 February 2017, the city of Sangmelima located in the South region of Cameroon hosted the deliberations of the operational planning workshop on the annual activities of the COMIFAC Executive Secretariat (CES). Organized with the technical and financial support of the GIZ COMIFAC support project, the workshop saw the participation of 34 people, including COMIFAC staff, the representative of the Acting Presidency of COMIFAC, the COMIFAC National Coordination of Cameroon, and...

Read more …

Cameroon pledges to restore 12,062, 768 hectares of forest landscapes and degraded lands by 2030

Yaounde, 01 February 2017: Just like Burundi, the Congo, the CAR, the DRC and Rwanda before her, Cameroon has issued a statement expressing its interest in joining the ranks of the beneficiary countries of the "Bonn" challenge, and its commitment to work to restore forests and degraded lands covering an estimated surface area of 12,062,768 hectares, spanning all of Cameroon’s ecosystems, and encompassing both the permanent forest estate and the non-permanent forest domain.

Read more …

EU Citizen Voices for Change project

Introducing the Citizen Voices for Change: Congo Basin Forest Monitoring Project (CV4C). This 4-year project aims to strengthen the contribution of non-state actors (NSA), such as civil society, Indigenous Peoples and community organisations, to improving forest governance, sustainable forest management and the contribution of forests to development in five Congo Basin countries.

Read more …

UE Forest Watch Febraury 2017

Read: Time to decide: Civil society points to advances delivered by Cameroon VPA, and its potential…Hailing some positive changes in the Republic of Congo…Climate change linked to animal products: Germany proposes action, the EU thwarts its own goals…Palm oil plantations in Cameroon ‘took away families’ crop land and burial lands’, participants at EU Parliamentary event hear…News in brief.

Read more …

Transparency International: latest news updates

Corruption, forests, and what the EU can do… Recap: TI @ COP22: A selection of reactions and resources from TI's participation at COP22…. Climate Action Global Gathering… Open Government Partnership… International Anti-Corruption Conference…

Read more …

IISD: Special Event: The Contribution of Biodiversity for Food and Agriculture to Resilience and 16th Session of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA 16)

The CGRFA 16 closing plenary convened on Friday afternoon where delegates adopted the meeting's report and reflected on the meeting's deliberations, including its decisions. Delegates made numerous amendments to ensure that the report adequately reflects the outcome of the deliberations held during the week, including on digital sequence information on genetic resources for food and agriculture, animal genetic resources and the MYPOW.

Read more …

IISD: United Nations Forum on Forests (UNFF) Working Group and Special Session

On Friday, 20 January 2017, the UN Forum on Forests concluded Working Group discussions at UN Headquarters in New York City, and in a Special Session adopted the UN’s first strategic plan for the world’s forests.

Read more …

CBFP News Archive

2017

IAF and the 2030 Agenda