Dealing with Challenges on Gender Inequality in Cameroon

9 Pages Posted: 14 Jun 2017 Last revised: 1 Aug 2017

Date Written: June 13, 2017


Improving the living conditions of women by promoting gender equality is part of the national policy of greater achievements steered by the Head of State, His Excellency PAUL BIYA, for a sustainable future. Thus, in most of his addresses to the nation, the President of the Republic resolves to make equality between men and women a reality. The past two decades on the millennium development goals have dealt unsuccessfully with grassroots, approach to development, especially women development. With the sustainable development goals, world leaders have been encouraging women and those that advocate for them to take ownership during the next decade of their own empowerment through effective development gender inequality strategies. In spite of these laudable goals, there is a room for improvement. In the Social Institutions and Gender Index 2014 Edition, Cameroon has high levels of discrimination against women in social institutions Concerned that the critical issues confronting African women were quickly returning to the shadows, this paper embraced the principles of the sustainable development goals and stepped up to the challenge of tracking results and demanding that long overdue attention to gender parity in Africa must not become derailed. The main goal of this paper is to enhance the implementation of African countries’ commitments related to gender equality and women’s empowerment and to support activities resulting in tangible positive change for African women at all levels. The paper discusses the issue of Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) is a cross-country measure of discrimination against women in its first part. The second part gives some statistics regarding gender inequality in Cameroon. The third part provides a roadmap for gender empowerment in Cameroon.

Keywords: Gender, Sustainable Development Goals, Cameroon, Development

Suggested Citation

Djapou Fouthe, Chimene Diane, Dealing with Challenges on Gender Inequality in Cameroon (June 13, 2017). Humanistic Management Association, Research Paper Series No. 17-33, Available at SSRN: or

Chimene Diane Djapou Fouthe (Contact Author)

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