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Title: Mourning Practices in Cameroon:


1
Mourning Practices in Cameroon
  • A Violation of Womens Rights
  • Nji Veronica
  • Honors Colloquium
  • Professor Susan Kalt.
  • December, 2007

2
Brief Geography and demography
  • http//www.uiowa.edu/africart/toc/Africa.gif

3
Map of Cameroon showing the Northwest Province
http//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Province
4
More on geography of Cameroon
a)
b)
a) example of landscape of the highlands of the
Northwest Province of Cameroon
b) example of type of houses found in some
villages
5
A glance at marriage and womens plight
  • Marriage a union of two families, not just two
    individuals
  • Process
  • Most important component- the dowry
  • man and his father decide on choice of woman
  • father helps with necessary negotiations with
    the womans family
  • woman has no control over her choice of a
    partner,
  • Woman is bound to accept fathers choice
  • Payment of dowry in a way, makes a woman a
    property to the husband
  • Woman may experience discrimination and abuse in
    course of marriage

6
Inhumane experiences of new widows
  • The mourning rituals require the widow to
  • Be almost naked
  • Isolated
  • Sleep on bare floor
  • Restricted from conversing or interacting freely
  • Eat and drink from dirty objects
  • Not allowed to attend to daily hygienic needs
  • Not allowed to shower until after a stated
    period
  • Forced to marry late husbands brother or
    relative

7
Drama of the crying ritual
  • Performance art in crying during mourning
  • Men not involved in this drama

8
Before and after burial of the spouse
  • Before burial
  • Speeches by kinsmen of the deceased
  • Swearing by the widow
  • Lowering of the casket
  • Filling of the grave- a last farewell
  • After burial
  • Gun firing at graveside
  • Feasting eating, drinking, traditional dancing
    and more gun firing.

9
  • Generally what it looks like at a graveside
    before burial of a deceased

10
Example after burial- celebration
  • Insert youtube nso/kom juju festival

11
Cleansing of the widow
12
Mourning rituals and Human Rights
  • Patriarchy no equality between men and women
  • Disrespect of the UN declaration on abolition of
    all forms of discrimination and violence against
    women.
  • Exposure of widows to health hazards
  • Encroachment on liberty of the women
  • Violation of widows privacy

13
The plight of widows of the Northwest Province of
Cameroon a reflection of a global plight.
  • Women and mourning, a global perspective
  • Other areas of discrimination, violence and abuse
    women all over the world may experience other
    than mourning.

14
Measures for change
  • Education, a tool for empowerment!
  • Through formal and informal education, and the
    Human Rights education
  • By the creation of NGOs
  • More international womens conferences

15
Thank You for your attention.
  • THE END

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