Cameroon - The Civil Status Registration (Ordinance No. 81-02 of 29 June 1981) - Equality Now

Cameroon - The Civil Status Registration (Ordinance No. 81-02 of 29 June 1981)

  • Country: Cameroon
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Employment

Article 74 of Cameroon’s Civil Status Registration (Ordinance No. 81-02 of 29 June 1981) provides that a husband may object to his wife’s exercise of a trade different from him in the interest of their marriage or children.

Article 74. (1) A married woman may exercise a trade different from her husband.

(2) The husband may object to the exercise of such a trade in the interest of the marriage or their children.

(3) The President of the Court with jurisdiction shall decide by order on such an objection by the husband within ten days of being seized of the matter. His decision shall be rendered free of charge and shall be taken only after the parties have been heard.

Link to full law


The Civil Code of the Republic of Cameroon:

Article 1421. The husband alone administers the common property. He can sell, dispose of and mortgage them without the  cooperation of the wife.

Article 1428. The husband has the administration of all the personal property of the wife.  He alone can exercise all the property and possessory actions belonging to the wife.

Link to full law



Preamble to the Constitution of Cameroon: All persons shall have equal rights and obligations. The State shall provide all its citizens with the conditions necessary for their development . . . The State shall guarantee all citizens of either sex the rights and freedoms set forth in the Preamble of the Constitution. Article 1 of the Constitution of the Republic of Cameroon, 1972: (2) The Republic of Cameroon shall be a decentralized unitary State…. It shall ensure the equality of all citizens before the law.

#Beijing25 #WordsAndDeeds  

Call on President Paul Biya to turn words into deeds.

Take Action