The West African country of Cameroon was formed in 1961 by the merging of two former colonies, French Cameroon and part of British Cameroon. Cameroon is a mid-range country in terms of income and development, but Cameroonian women lag behind men in access to education, healthcare, and employment, as well as legal protection.

The Gross Domestic Product in Cameroon in 2009 was estimated at $2,300, ranking the nation 180th in the world but in the mid-ranks of sub-Saharan African countries. However, this income is unevenly distributed, and almost half the population is estimated to live below the poverty level. Cameroon's population was almost 19 million in 2009 and has the very young age structure typical of developing countries, with a median age of 19.2 years and ...

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