ISSN 1710-6931 October 21, 2011 Issue 167

RESPECT gives hope to refugee women and children in Cameroon

This year has been busy for RESPECT Cameroon. Damien Eloundou, RESPECT Cameroon Coordinator, and his team, used International Women's Day on March 8, 2011, as an opportunity to examine the situation of refugee women within the organization's community.

Around 30 women and a few men took part in an "educational chat" aimed at refugee teen girls and the mothers of children involved in the RESPECT International Letter Exchange Program.

Single and teen refugee mothers are particularly vulnerable in Cameroon. They often arrive without any money, and are professionally disadvantaged. Many struggle to find employment, or to get temporary jobs with poor salary. With their family, they only survive thanks to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Participants' attendance at the forum was made possible by RESPECT Cameroon's volunteer contributions which included the payment of transportation costs.

A variety of issues were addressed including gender equality, HIV/AIDS, refugee women and vocational training. While participants identified possible income-earning projects such as dressmaking, which can then be sold in the markets, it was recognized the women needed help to get such projects off the ground, both financially and in terms of childcare. RESPECT Cameroon is now working with the refugee women to help achieve these goals.

RESPECT Cameroon has also been working to get refugee women into a training and job-readiness program through the Mandilaris Training Centre, which has resulted in free tuition for six young refugee women. RESPECT gives hope


We Need Your Ideas

Now that the new school year is in full swing, it is time for you to send us your theme ideas for RESPECT's Annual Poster Contest.

You can learn more about this year's poster contest on the 2011-2012 Poster Contest page.

Send your Poster Contest theme ideas to the Poster Contest team.

Once the theme has been chosen, we recommend Refugee schools send in their entries as soon as possible since it can take three to four months for us to receive their entries.

The themes from previous Poster Contests were:

  • 2010-2011: A World Without War
  • 2009-2010: Perspective: peace through the eyes of a child
  • 2008-2009: Bring Peace to Our World
  • 2007-2008: Let The Voice Of Youth And Children Be Heard
  • 2006-2007: Education Opens the Door to the World
  • 2005-2006: Road to Peace
  • 2004-2005: The Connected World: What binds us together?
  • 2003-2004: Crossing Borders: Stretching My World

As in any newsletter or magazine, RESPECT e-zine is committed to striving for interesting articles and announcements concerning refugee issues all around the world.

If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute an article, contact the e-Zine editor, Angela Carter, at

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