Engaging Local Government in delivering the generation equality action coalition on Economic Justice

The issue of tax justice remains at the heart of political debates across the African continent and the Cameroon in particular. It is also one of the six generation equality action coalitions. And yet, very little has been done in this effect to understand the experiences of female traders, otherwise known as “buyam-sellam”, who sells in open markets under the sun and rains.

Cameroon being one of the economic giants within the CEMAC sub region which was established in 1994 with the hope of promoting cooperation and exchange among its members has however failed women human capital. The economy of the whole CEMAC sub region is highly dependent on the importation of food, largely owing to the region’s low agriculture productivity and the large numbers of people moving from rural to urban areas. Though two of the country’s economies, notably Gabon and Cameroon dominate the whole of the sub region with the forest and oil products, the economic ideology, espoused by these governments, is that increased foreign direct investment will create a more developed and prosperous economy with jobs and wealth. But this prosperous wealth is not the realities of women as they continue to bear the brunt of economic injustices, as many continued to work under harsh, poor and discriminatory conditions, now with COVID19 further exacerbated the burden of unpaid labour on women and girls, especially to grassroots women whose source of income is mostly from the petit trades she does every day to sustain her family and livelihood.

Women for a Change (Wfac) through this seek GATJ grant would organize an advocacy town hall hearing between market women and their city council and local government and traditional officials for them to share their experience as well as hear from these local officials on the plans they have for them. This project is an excerpt of a larger program we intend to develop and expand across our francophone sub region, CEMAC/ECCAS and hopefully with our sub regional feminist movement GenEgliteECCAS. Currently, we are at the piloting phase with Cameroon being one of the pilot countries.

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