Women at high risk of economic exploitation

Segnou Carine Mbaye
Posted April 15, 2020 from Cameroon

The economic fallout of the pandemic represents one of the biggest shock to women globally and in Cameroon in particular. Women are particularly always affected amidst every kind of emergency. With the outbreak of COVID 19,women are most affected and exposed to economic exploitation in particular.

I came in contact with this woman with mobility impairment in my Region, North West of Cameroon, she said the pandemic has pushed them to the wall, she confided that she had no option than to engage in a sexual relation with a pharmacist in exchange for hand sanitizer and face mask in a bid to prevent herself and children from contamination that's because she cannot carry out her routine to economically support herself and family

Her like other women Are being abused by their husbands or male friends because being on quarantine, they are too closed to abusive men

This story was submitted in response to Dispatches from the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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Jill Langhus
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Hello Carine,

Welcome to World Pulse. How sad this is:-( I know life is really difficult for women in Cameroon, especially in your region, dear. What do you think could improve the situation? I hope that improves soon, dear, and that you and your loved ones are safe and well.

XX

Segnou Carine Mbaye
Apr 16, 2020
Apr 16, 2020

Hello Jill,
Thank you very much and hope this message finds you well
In my little way as the gender heard in my Region, my team and I have been providing health kits and face masks to the most vulnerable women but for limited resources we have not gone wide with the project to meet every of those in need
So far we are contacting our partners to assist in any way possible also we are carrying out social media advocacy to make the world respect women's right so as to curb most of these violence perpetrated against women and girls

Jill Langhus
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

You're very welcome, dear. Yes, I'm fine, thanks.

How are you?

That's awesome! Great job!!! Keep up the great work!

Anita Shrestha
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Thank you for sharing

Segnou Carine Mbaye
Apr 16, 2020
Apr 16, 2020

Dear Anita
Thanks for reading, appreciate your response

Ana Lozano
Apr 15, 2020
Apr 15, 2020

Carine,
The story you just shared is as chilling as it is appalling. This pandemic has way more effects and consequences than we can ever imagine. Have you thought of possible ways to contribute solutions to this? I'd love to hear them and support you in any way I can!
Thank you for sharing this and bringing this issue up. X

Segnou Carine Mbaye
Apr 16, 2020
Apr 16, 2020

Hello Ana,
Thanks for your message, and I know you're staying safe, women in the Anglophone regions of Cameroon in particular have been in deep economic stress since 2016 when the Anglophone crisis started with many becoming internally displaced. The COVID-19's outbreak is just adding more salt to injuring for women and those living with disabilities in particular as they have to stay indoors abandoning their petty means of livelihood as a measure to reduce the spread of COVID-19.
Working with a rights organization and heading the gender team in my Region, we have provided sanitation kits to some of them and currently producing face masks to share for free. Though we cannot met all of their needs because of limited resources, we are trying to contact our other partners to assist in any way they can so that the rate of exploitation of these special women can be reduced.
I will so much appreciate your contributions to this so that the high rate of women being exposed to economic, sexual exploitation can be minimal

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi
Apr 17, 2020
Apr 17, 2020

Hello Carine,
It is very sad that women are indeed being abused during this period especially the vulnerable and marginalized ones. It is very heart breaking that we are all confined to our homes and we cannot do much. Such cases are normally reported to police but with this pandemic situation even the police is over whelmed and have no resources for such cases.

My dear lets us continue to raise our voices and pray that this pandemic is dealt with very fast so that these women can be helped.

Hope you are staying home and staying safe.

Have a blessed weekend.

Chi8629
Apr 20, 2020
Apr 20, 2020

Hello Beautiful Sister,
It hurts me to see a woman going through a tough time.,
Thank you for sharing. Please stay safe and warm. Much love.

Republicans of Mozambique
Jun 08, 2020
Jun 08, 2020

Believe that is more than true. Not only in Sub Sahara countries but also in south Europe, but the secret is be brave, be clever, and avoid problem learn to persuade people and ask for help before thing get bad. There is no such a thing as sexual relation for something. A woman have to be woman and turn the conversation to another direction. Man many times are like children. I know some women would rather say than man are bad or just nuts, but they are not. Why, because when it comes to sexuality it is like my mother used to say " that a woman or a girls can close her legs with a button. The best example to illustrate what I am trying to say is the Potato tomato song.