National gender policy

The Cameroonian Government has meanwhile engaged in the promotion of gender equality, notably through the development in 2010 of a National Gender Policy which recognizes the importance of reducing inequalities between the sexes for sustainable development.

In the National Gender Policy, the government recognizes maternal mortality as a real scourge in Cameroon. The high rate of maternal mortality is one of the most important signs of fundamental gender inequality.

The socio- cultural and economic factors, such as customs and beliefs, low power of women to take decisions on reproductive health, ignorance and low economic status of women, are considered to be the great barriers for gender equality.

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