We advocate

for the rights of all

We engage international human rights bodies and other actors to promote advancements in human rights for all persons.

We stand

against inhuman treatment

We monitor detention centres to measure against international human rights standards and protections afforded to persons held in detention.

We support

A Pro Bono legal clinic

Contra Nocendi supports a pro bono legal clinic that provides advice to persons in detention as well as persons who may have concerns about detention.

We provide training

for non governmental organisations

We provide support and training for local NGOs to help augment their capacity to provide more durable human rights programming for their communities.

Our Organisation

We are a Paris-based international human rights NGO working toward the advancement and protection of human rights in Africa.

Our Mission

Contra Nocendi International stands shoulder to shoulder with human rights defenders to uphold the dignity of all persons.

Our partners

We work closely with partner organisations, government officials and activists to facilitate the necessary respect for all human rights. We also work to help augment the monitoring capacities of local NGOs.

Our values

Contra Nocendi stands firmly behind the prohibition of discrimination and does not discriminate based on sex, age, gender, religious affiliation, nationality, ethnic background, culture, language.

Cameroon lags behind in submitting state report to CEDAW committee

Cameroon is late in submitting its state report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) after it missed the deadline for the report, thus marking seven years since it submitted its last report. Cameroon must show its commitment to the rights of women and its commitment to eliminating discrimination against women in Cameroon by submitting its report and constructively participating in the review process.

The report was due 1 February 2018, and Contra Nocendi confirmed with the Committee secretariat that the government has still not turned it in. While the government of Cameroon has taken some steps to advance women’s rights, the impact of these efforts as well as any areas for improvement must be reflected upon in an objective and constructive environment. The CEDAW reporting and review process is such an environment.

As per article 18 of the CEDAW, state parties that have acceded to the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are expected to submit a report on the legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures taken to ensure gender equality and to indicate the progress made on each of those aspects.

As a State Party that ratified the convention on 23 August 1994, Cameroon is obligated to submit a progress report at least every four years or whenever the CEDAW committee so requests.

The CEDAW committee’s goal is to oversee the advancement that the state parties make with respect to the progress of their women. It also carefully monitors how each of these states are implementing national measures to fulfill their legal obligations toward preventing discrimination against women. Finally, the committee makes recommendations on issues affecting women that require more attention from the state parties.

The last report the government of Cameroon submitted to the committee was on 1 December, 2011, and the state party was over three months late in submitting it that reporting cycle. Contra Nocendi calls on the government to submit its state report as expeditiously as possible so that the situation of women can be assessed and necessary measures can be taken to improve their condition.


Focusing on human rights, Contra Nocendi International advances both 

Sustainable Development Goal 16 'Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions' and

Sustainable Development Goal 5 'Gender Equality'.  



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