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- CEDAW: ratified on 23 August 1994 without reservations
- Optional Protocol to CEDAW: ratified on 7 January 2005
- National CEDAW report (2012)
- Maputo Protocol: ratified on 13 September 2012
- United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325): no national action plan
- Ministère de la Promotion de la Femme et de la Famille
The Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI) measures gender-based discrimination in social norms, practices and laws across 160 countries. The SIGI comprises country profiles, a classification of countries and a database; it serves as a research, policy and advocacy tool for the development community and policy makers. The SIGI covers five dimensions of discriminatory social institutions, spanning major socio-economic areas that affect women’s lives: discriminatory family code, restricted physical integrity, son bias, restricted resources and assets, and restricted civil liberties. The SIGI’s variables quantify discriminatory social institutions such as unequal inheritance rights, early marriage, violence against women, and unequal land and property rights.
In the Social Institutions and Gender Index 2014 Edition , Cameroon has high levels of discrimination against women in social institutions. It has lower discrimination in son bias and higher discrimination in restricted access to resources and assets. Read the full country profile and access the data here: http://www.genderindex.org/country/cameroon
Key Gender StatisticsWorld Bank (2015), World Development Indicators (database), http://data.worldbank.org/products/wdi (accessed16 July 2015).
- In 2012, the ratio of female to male primary school enrolment was 88%.
- In 2012, 86% of girls were enrolled in primary school compared to 97% of boys.
- In 2013, the ratio of female to male secondary enrolment was 87%.
- In 2013, 37% of girls were enrolled in secondary school compared to 43% of boys.
- In 2010, 65% of women aged 15+ were literate compared to 78% of men.
- In 2010, women had on average 6 years of schooling compared to 7 years on average for men. Barro R. and J.W. Lee (2014), Educational Attainment Dataset, v.2.0, http://www.barrolee.com/.
- In 2013, there were 4 900 maternal deaths, representing 590 deaths for 100 000 births.
- In 2013, the adolescent fertility rate was 113 births per 1 000 adolescent girls.
- In 2011, 24% of women had an unmet need for family planning.
- In 2013, 65% of the female working-age population was part of the labour force, while 77% of the male working-age population was part of the labour force.
- In 2013, women represented 46% of the total labour force.
- In 2010, 58% of women in the labour force were employed in agriculture compared to 49% of men in the labour force.
- In 2010, 87% of women in the labour force were employed in vulnerable employment compared to 67% of men in the labour force.
- The Gender and Land Rights Database
- Women, Business and the Law, 2012
- Women and African Economic Development for Women's Rights: Gender Equality in Cameroon
- Social Institutions and Gender Index (SIGI)
- Gender and Land Rights Database
- Women, Business and the Law: Creating economic opportunity for women
- OECD Development Centre (2015), African Economic Outlook, Country Profiles
- MDG Report 2014: Assessing Progress in Africa toward the Millennium Development Goals
- Make Every Woman Count (2014), African Women’s Decade 2010-2020, 2014 Annual Review