Country / Region profile of: Cameroon

In 2018, Cameroon is facing difficult times marked by violence in the English speaking regions, notably the North West and South West. This situation has come to add to increasing insecurity created by the massive influx of refugees coming in from Nigeria and Central African Republic and the incursion of the terrorist sect Boko Haram which have greatly affected many regions of the country with a considerable impact on women and girls. Cameroon ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1994. Cameroon is ranked 87 out of the 144 countries listed on the Global Gender Gap Index 2017 (GGI). Cameroon voted for the adoption of the Arms Trade Treaty, has signed on 3 December 2014 but has not yet ratified. Cameroon did not participate in the 2017 October Open Debate. The Government of Cameroon launched its first National Action Plan (NAP) in November 2017 for a period of three years (2018-2020). The implementation of the NAP is free and calls on all structures interested in Women, Peace and Security, but its military spending numbers $408.2 mln. Women and civil society organisations are working to maintain political involvement and help limit violence against women, such as female genital cutting and human trafficking. 

"No development is possible without peace and no peace can be achieved if key players who are women are left out." - Sylvie Jacqueline Ndongmo, President of WILPF Cameroon


$ 408,200,000
Military expenditure
Cameroon spends USD$ 408,200,000 on the military, including armed forces and peacekeeping forces, defence ministries, paramilitary forces, and military space activities.
Supporting women's participation in conflict resolution
This amount could be used in work of UN Women to build women's participation, helping to prevent and resolve conflicts... for more than 18 years!
NAP 1325
Cameroon developed a new NAP in November 2017.
WPS commitments