The aim of this study was to explore social welfare policy towards
female-headed households (FHHs) in Cameroon. Data were collected
through semi- structured questionnaires. The study revealed that
the economic conditions of FHHs were found to be fairly
satisfactory. Secondly, social services from various stakeholders
were rated differently. The findings also revealed that a majority
of the staff of both ministries do participate differently in
social welfare policy processes. Again, other basic social services
such as healthcare and schools were provided in communities where
members of FHHs live but were found to be expensive. Social welfare
policy responses to the needs of women are narrowly based. Social
welfare policy is based on the concept of gender equality without
the recognition of the needs and aspirations of members of FHHs.
Secondly, little legislation exists with regard to members of FHHs
as a whole, except for some isolated pieces in favour of divorced
and widowed women. Therefore, social welfare policy is not
responsive to members of FHHs in Cameroon.
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