Saturday, December 28, 2019

CCMN Gets 8 chapters and a New Organigram

Members of the Cameroon Community Media Network, CCMN Northwest met in a meeting dubbed a Restitution Program on December 28th 2019,in Bamenda.

The meeting had as agenda to abreast members with the developments reached at a workshop, which took place in Buea and gave birth to the National bureau, with focus on the constitution and Chapter Branches. 

The Training of Trainers workshop for focal points,  gave birth to new positions like, Regional Coordinator
Secretary General, Project Officer and Communication Officer, Taking off the office of the Regional Vice President. 

  • Secetary General, CCMN Northwest,  Pedmia Shatu.

National and Regional cordinator, CCMN

Other offices like Communication office and Program Officer will be implemented in April 2020 when the Project will begin it's second phase. 

For National Office, Kum Leonard is the Communication and Public Relations Officer, Mrs Njayou Mariama from the West Region as Project Officer, Rachiatou from the North as Financial Officer and Confidence Yannick from the Southwest as Secetary General.  

Madam Rosaline Akah Obah emerged National Cordianator for the Cameroon Community Media Network, CCMN for Cameroon who also doubles as Regional Cordianator for the Northwest, Pedmia Shatu as Secretary General for CCMN Northwest.
CCMN saw it's birth through 8 other Branches except for the South and East Regions, that were Left out. According to the Updates from the CCMN Training of Trainers workshop,  the main objective for creating other chapters, is to encourage  Journalists to engage in the Peace Process and Promote this,  through their different media platforms.

The institution  of these chapters will according to the General Overview given by the Vice President of CCMN Northwest, lay ground work for the National Bureau, that will be examining challenges of the Community Media Sector of the CCMN in Cameroon. 

The Constitution amongst other points, maintained that registration for Members into the CCMN stands at : Students pay 5000frs,  Individuals pay 10,000frs and Media houses Register at 15000frs. An idea,  welcomed and applauded by members of CCMN Northwest.  


Journalists Convoked To Be Development Agents

Over 35 Journalists in Bamenda have been trained on humanitarian  Reporting and Security Safety of Journalists within the Crisis, a workshop scheduled  for December 27th 2019.

The training takes place at a time when the Northwest and Southwest Regions are going through the Humanitarian phase of the ongoing Armed conflict, that plagues both Regions for about 4years.

Journalists have engaged in humanitarian reporting, besides the crisis reporting that had been top on the agenda for different news rooms.But, the training grooms more on some principles to be considered while embarking on humanitarian reporting and the character which Reporters should have while doing so. 

Mr Fonyuy Kiven Franklin, a Public Information  Officer at the United Nations Office for Cordination of Humanitarian Affairs, facilitates in the workshop to school Journalists within the Cameroon Community Media Network on Humanitarian  Reporting and Security/Safety of Journalists. 

He talks about Journalists being able to play the role of early warning: to collect, analyse and defuse target info on factors that could prevent a crisis situation.

"In other countries, international conventions on the protection of journalists in times of conflicts are strictly respected but in Cameroon, in the course of the ongoing crisis where both parties violate almost every international law, don't carry ur jacket and put on, hang ur batch and go to the field thinking you'll not be targeted." Mr Fonyuy Franklin said. 

According to him Journalists should be unpredictable because "a dead Journalist is of use to no one" and cautioned that in Crisis situation, Journalists should pay attention to the dressing code, which is inline with security/Safety Measures.

The facilitator adviced that in Humanitarian Reporting, the dead should not be a priority in the Reporter's news report, rather focus should be on affected communities and the Journalists reporting should play the role of a Development Agent. 

The Regional Cordinator, Mme Rosaline Akah Obah was very pleased with CCMN members who contributed to lessons gained from the facilitator, which according to her was a positive sign and one of the successes of the training during the phase of the crisis in the Region. 

She acknowledged the participation from those in attendance and prayed that more contributions be done through productions of programs, which will go a long way,  to fulfill the goals of the Project, inspire other CCMN chapters and also give rise to new projects.


Sunday, December 8, 2019

Opinion Leaders Get Empowered To Combat GBV in Society

Women Leaders and Traditional Rulers have met in a workshop organised by CHRAPA, Center for Human Rights and Peace Advocacy on December 5th, to empower themselves in combating Gender based Violence in different Communities. 

The workshop is organised as part of activities of the 16days activism to improve on the protection of women and girls, launched on November 26th 2019, under the theme "Orange the World: Generation Equality Stands against Rape".

The Project funded by the United Nations Women, with support from the Italian Government,  aims at combating Gender Based Violence, support IDPs, IDP host Communities and Gender based Violence Survivors. 

Tatanos Berinyuy Nelson, is the Coordinator for CHRAPA and is in charge of coordinating the Project which to him will create a pathway to combat GBV in a holistic approach. 

"The workshop is an activity within the project where we continue of the 16days activism, a period internationally placed by the UN organisation whereby Human Rights activists organisations, individuals and communities, work to combat GBV in Communities. The activity is organised to bring women leaders, heading groups and activists on the ground to initiate a pathway to address GBV issues in  Holistic way".Nelson Tatanos, Cordianator, CHRAPA. 

Participants benefited from knowledge on GBV, and learnt about the common forms GBV prevails in the Northwest Region, during the ongoing armed Conflict. A traditional leader from Mbengwi sub Division, Barrister Teghen in momo, thinks that the workshop is timely.

"we are fortunate to be part of this program where we are schooled on GBV, that exist in our community, and has increased due to the prevailing situation in which we find ourselves, we have been educated to be the ambassadors  that will Conscientize our people on GBV, denouncing practices like Rape, Assault and we also enumerated  issues that can help curb it". HRH Gonna Teghen.

" Some men will retrospect on bridesprice that gives room for GBV practices, female genital mutilation and breast ironing, practices repugnant to justice, equity and good conscience. I think that as a follow up, we must use our traditional  Council's and lay the role to stop this malpractice". He added. 

Madam Lilian Akwen is founder and CEO of Aspire Women Empowerment  and Development Organization(ASWEDO), she thinks that organising workshops with other communities and sensitizing them will be another way to fight GBV. 

"We as women and female leaders, we have learnt alot  on how to go about on GBV related issues,  we can work with different opinion leaders in communities to better fight the aspects of GBV especially  for areas where the act is committed  ignorantly and high because of the ongoing crisis, the workshop has empowered us with knowledge  to sensitize more".Madam Lilian. 

16days of Activism against Gender based Violence,  runs from November 25th to December 10th every year,  an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls.


CBC Health Services Trains Young Advocates for Better Health Care

Over 60 Young Advocates have graduated from the Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services(CBCHS), on December 7th 2019, to better raise awareness amongst the population to adopt healthy lifestyles. 

These Youths from different works of life have gained skills through a training session provided by the CBCHS from August 20th to December 6th, which provided them with the ability to better sensitized the population on Non Communicable Diseases(NCDs).

The General Supervisor for NCD Prevention  and Control  Program with the CBC Health services, Dr.  Epie Njume says the Unit took interest in training these Youths on NCDs because the burden of NCDs are high, given the prevailing situation  in the Northwest  Region.

"The CBCHS has noticed following the patients' attendance, the plight raised is mostly about NCDs which is on the rise and the burden is high. This is inline with the global trends which makes these NCDs on the rise. " Dr Njume. 

The just ended Young Advocate  for NCDs Prevention and Control 2019, aims at involving and engaging  youths to fight against NCDs, reason why the unit trained Youths between  18 and 35years.

The program coordinator  says the youths proved their worth during the training exercise through their Assessments.

"we gave the youths information  in NCDs, risk factors and also build their capacities  in producing projects that can impact the lives of the people in the community  to prevent NCDs, and help orientate those already living with NCDs" Dr Epie Njume. 

"we hope as the training ends,  they have learnt a lot which reflected in their assesmment and we also had them design projects which can be funded and executed as early as next year" he added.

The Young Advocates for Prevention(YAPs) of NCDs received Certificates and amongst them, 7 YAPs received prizes for the competition  they put up during the training and stand out in their commitment.

Sere Wepnwi Boris says she wasn't frightened about what she will be facing during the training and gradually felt the need for the skills she will be getting. 

"I was frightened when coming to train myself, because looking around I saw many young men or boys, turning into drug addicts, because of the ongoing Armed conflict in the region with the effects visible on the youths, but I think we cannot judge them, but draw them closer and find out what reasons they decide to put up with such attitude" Noria said. 

"I work with alot of guys that drink and I think the training has given me skills to help them out of the situation and I also call on all who can support youths out of such behaviours of smoking, drinking slot, to do well to help" She added. 

Chesami Valerie says social media has made it easy for messages to get across many people, especially those in the interior and that it can be a great tool in advocacy.

"The Environment  is not conduisive considering the crisis in the Northwest and Southwest regions,but we still have to do what we need to do to reach the people,we have been trained and given skills to advocate for prevention against NCDs and with the social media we can use it as a tool to reach out to many people,ans be there for them when they need us" Valerie  said. 

" we need to beef all the difficulties to reach the people, because it is a matter of life, health and a good environment  which is worth fighting for" he added.