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Preparing a dialogue and ceasefire in the North West and South West (anglophone) Regions of Cameroon

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What problem does the idea help to solve and how does your solution work? (2,000 characters maximum)

The Theory of Change

Geography of focus (500 characters)

Cameroonis bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Biafra, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. Although Cameroon is not an ECOWAS member state, it geographically and historically is in West Africa with the Southern Cameroons which now form her Northwest and Southwest Regions having a strong West African history

Building Bridges: What bridge does your idea build between people on the move and neighbors towards a shared future of stability and promise? (500 characters)

It’s creates peace, unity and equality.From observation and analysis, the anglophone crisis is at a stage where it could still be addressed to enable ¨PEOPLE ON THE MOVE¨ return home. My idea is to mobilise all the Womens march chapters to inform and pressurize all the stakeholders involved in addressing the issue to call for a ceasefire.We shall also collectively prepare a dialogue.

What human need is your idea solving for? (1,000 characters)

It creates peace, justice and equality. These people will return back to their origin and have their lives back to normal.

How does your idea leverage and empower community strengths and assets to help create an environment for success? (1,000 characters)

From history and observation, there is always a positive reaction from international pressure.Also with other womens march projects, there is always a good feedback.There is more hope is people return back to base.

What part of the displacement journey is your solution addressing

  • Returning home

Tell us how you'd describe the type of innovation you are proposing

  • Systems design: Solutions that target changing larger system

Idea Proposal Stage

  • Early Adoption: We have completed a pilot and analyzed the impact of that pilot on the intended users of the idea. I have proof of user uptake (i.e. 16% to 49% of the target population or 1,000 to 50,000 users).

Group or Organization Name

Womens March GLOBAL

Tell us more about your group or organization [or lived experience as a displaced person?] (1000 characters)

Womens March Global Bamenda Chapter constitutes women that have been affected by the current socio-political upheaval, perpetuated violence and armed conflict rocking the North West Region of Cameroon. Due to the inhumanity, these women seek to educate other female groups as well as all armed groups on the needs women faced with the battle. United, we stand to fight war crimes against women; we encourage and educate every woman affected by the conflict most especially sexual rights. At large, we also offer humanitarian assistance to internally displaced women, children and youths, the vulnerable, marginalized and disabled persons. One of our major pillars is to mobilize and educate women to be peace crusaders in our community due to the absence of genuine dialogue to end the current conflict. This women aimed at creating platforms ventilating waves of harmony so that we are part of the peace process in Cameroon

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Type of submitter

  • We are a registered Non-Profit Organization

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Photo of Alan Channer

I think it's a great idea to mobilise women to take the lead in peacemaking. That dynamic played an important part in Liberia. Bonne chance !

Photo of NDEF Cameroon

Hi Damaris Ngwa, welcome to the Challenge. We wish you success in your work. At the beginning, you talk of "... ceasefire in the North and South West ..." Let it be North West not North. Remember there is North Region which is not Anglophone. You need to add visualization in your work please. Check our work to have an idea. There are a lot of videos on youtube about this crisis by BBC, etc. Nkeng Pius (Executive Director)

Photo of Nathalie Al-Zyoud

Hi Dameris, I work right next door in CAR.
Deep problem you are trying to address. If you can develop your process a bit more to clarify how a cease fire would end the anglophone crisis, I think that would enhance your proposal.
Best of luck with you application, Nathalie