18.3.16

Laquintinie Incident: Time for Quality Health Care for ALL.

UN Women
Can someone tell the Cameroon government that they have completely missed the point. 

It is one thing to quickly blame a helpless woman for trying to deliver a dying sister’s twins but another to accept the blame as an institution for failing to protect women, ensuring their complete safety, and also that they can access quality health care and services. 

Recently, the Minister of Health;  Mr. Mama Fouda, held a press meeting disclaiming the public views on “medical negligence”, rather blaming the deceased 31 year old pregnant, Ms. Monique Koumate, for not attaining ante-natal (maternity) care. The Minister in his press statement also condemned the amateur surgical procedure of the relation of the deceased in attempt to save the twin, in which he described the act as “barbaric and an attack on the dignity of the body of the deceased”. 

The Governor of the Littoral region, on the other hand also held a press conference, accusing citizens for propagating false information  and that Monique Koumate’s dead is “just an incident like many others”.  

“… people die everyday” he added.

One councillor of the Littoral Council, Hilaire Zippang,  also condemned the act but contrary to previous political views, he blamed the government delegate for misappropriation and negligence in managing such emergency. 

Since the incident that took place on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at Laquintinie that resulted to the death of Ms. Monique Koumate and her twins, there have been series of press meetings held by different government officials and authorities - all blaming the public for spreading the news across various social media portals. 

Investigations are currently going on. In a blog post of Tuesday,  March 15, 2015,  by Solomon Amabo,  he reported that some 20 lawyers took up the case to court, in which they made a “claim” against the Director of the Laquintinie Hospital Jean II Dissongo for “refusing to assist” (Monique Koumate) and “voluntary homicide.

The truth of it all is that -Women’s issues don't get on the government’s priority lists.  Had this been about motionising or writing letter of motions for constitutional amendments that will favour the political regime or elites, it would have become a very important issue and probably there would have been no ‘negligence’. For example, late last year (2015),  when the IMF reported that Cameroon topped the chart of most corrupt nations. It was a serious issue - the government responded immediately, critiquing the validity of the report.

“…It is a very pathetic situation. I remember my experience of 1.30am, 10th March 2006 at the Labour room at the Regional hospital in Bamenda how I almost lost my son due to a careless midwife who spent her time insulting me with all the pains…My son was given birth to with some crazy cough because she did not drain the child well. Thank God I had my mouth with me and I gave it to her. I can imagine the torment she got before eventually dying. Pregnant women need help and education” Ms. Feka Parchibell, founder, Hope for Vulnerable and Orphans. 

“I'm speaking now on behalf of many women and adolescents in rural Cameroon…who have to either trek for very long distances or take motor bikes in such heavy states to get to a health center to put to birth. I'm thinking of those who have delivered children on their way to the hospital. ..labour itself is stress enough on any woman. Why do we still have to die in the course of it?..” says Christelle Bay, Director of Hope for the Needy Association (Hofna), Cameroon

In my opinion,  I strongly feel that the government is missing the point. As usual, they always miss the point when it comes to women’s needs. In same way, they missed the point and we could not achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG ), particularly MDG5.  Where instead of maternal mortality rate to drop over the decades, it significantly increased, from 430 (1998) to 782 (2011) (UNFPA 2011).  

Ms. Monique Koumate’s death speaks clearly about the many barriers most people, especially marginalised and poor women and girls experience accessing quality health care service. It tells the true story on the ground and the realities around women’s reproductive health and rights. Everyday, the statistics tells us that at least 19 woman in Cameroon die either due to child birth or pregnancy related complications.

All these and the many other forms of injustice on women can all end if only our government could commit wilfully in the investment in women’s reproductive health.

Click here to read Wfac's Press Statement 

13.3.16

Wfac strongly condemns the incident that resulted of the death of a pregnant woman at the Laquintinie hospital

MEDIA STATEMENT
Buea, Cameroon - March 13, 2016;
Women for a Change, Cameroon (Wfac) strongly condemns the incident at the Laquintinie Hospital in Douala, that resulted to the death of 31-year-old pregnant woman named, Ms. Koumate Monique and her twins.
Maternal health is human rights. No woman should be deprived of this rights. There is no excuse to justify the negligence of medical personal of Laquintinie, who deliberately abandoned a pregnant woman to die because she could not afford to pay for the deposits for delivery.
According to an eye-witness and posts on social media, Ms. Koumate Monique was refused medical attention “…because she couldn't pay a hospital deposit which often ranges from 50 000 - 250 000 FCFA…as such she was abandoned by the health personnel, and moments later, she died”.
Based on one journalist’s recollections “ ...after confirmed death by the doctor, it was then that one of her relatives rushed to a nearby pharmacy, bought a razor blade and struggled to save the babies. The twins however died shortly after because they were not also given medical care”, he explained.
“ It is insane to think of Ms. Koumate Monique’s death as a mere medical accident. This is a result of a payment-before-treatment policy, which sometimes encourages lack of providing urgent medical attention to save lives”, said Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh, Executive Director of Women for a Change, Cameroon (Wfac). “this act contributes to the increasing maternal deaths in Cameroon, which now stands at 690 deaths per 100 000 live births”.
“This is a very disturbing situation, a gross violation of Ms. Koumate Monique’s individual human rights, therefore must not be overlooked” said Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh.
According to a 2015 United Nations and World Health Organisation reports, maternal mortality in the country is one of the highest in the world, and everyday, 20 women in Cameroon die from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth.
Based on this incident and the sad death of Ms. Koumate Monique, which in the first place should not have happened, if prompt medical attention was provided, we at Wfac demand on the Cameroon government through its Ministry of Public Health to;
  1. Reinforce the implementation of the “health care service policy” on emergency health problems and complications from every public health facility as indicated in the “1443A February 29, 2016, Minister of Health Communique”.
  2. Ensure free health care services, drugs and treatments for poor and vulnerable women, especially expecting mothers and those in maternity labour,
  3. Compensate the family of Ms. Koumate Monique for loss of consortium, pain, emotional distress and suffering,
  4. Call on all health units and institutions, public or private, to put patients health and lives first before money.
Wfac also urges global and national civil society, including international development partners to call on the government of Cameroon to intensify its efforts towards the Campaign on Accelerated Reduction of Maternal Mortality in Africa (CARMMA).

10.1.16

My encounter with male chauvinists

My encounter with male chauvinists: "According to the Transportation law, women are not allowed to sit by the door of a car. Only men are allowed". This is the word of a park guy who wanted to convinced me to give-up my seat in a public car for a man.
In response, I immediately asked him: "..in order words, that means women in this Country aren't allow to drive too?"
"No! No!", he replied. "..women driving is different but in the public transportation, women are not allowed to sit by the door/windows". "This is for their protection"
"Protection, you say", I replied. "...so this man is boarding this bus because he wants to protect all the women in this bus. What a charitable job!".
It was Friday, January 8, 2016 at around 3pm at Tiko bus station (Park) when one man came towards me and arrogantly asked me to leave my seat for him because he is the man and must be the one to sit by the door. When he told me that I should leave my seat for him, I asked him if it was written on the seat that "door / window seats for Man".
Man 1: "hey - you cannot sit by the door because you are a woman while a man should sit in the middle.... shift inside because you cannot put me inside."
Me: "..I think seats are taken according to they who cames first. And if you wanted to sit by the door, maybe you should have come earlier".
He was not the least happy with my reply and decided to look for a different seat behind.
While I thought, I was done with the seat debate, behold, here comes another man, who in his defense told me that it was his rights as a man to sit by the door.
After almost 4-5minutes of him cursing me on how bad and disrespectful I was, how I dare insist on sitting by the door he finally got inside.
As we drove to my destination, I couldn't stop thinking about the irritating experience and how each day, women will have to pull up with such arrogance, discrimination and abuse from men taking public transport. My experience of Friday also made me to reflect on how in the 1990s, women couldn't travel without the consent or permission of their husbands, whereas there was no law or a written text which said that women must take permission from their husbands in order to travel and yet, it was practiced until research by some gender activists revealed that it was not written anywhere.
It is high time we begin to challenge some of these stereotypes - no matter how little our efforts may be, we need to put an end to women’s oppression. Inasmuch as I felt relieved by my reaction but I was somewhat unhappy because these men didn't still understand the point and the reasons for my behaviour / reaction. They were all blinded by the fact that as a man, they are the ones to seat by the door/window and this was a right. While l, being a woman, I had no right but to succumb to their perspectives.
The journey for equality in Cameroon is still far and until we take a stronger stand and act boldly against all these injustice at all levels, women and girls in this country will continue to be oppressed.
This is why we need feminism every day.

15.12.15

WfacAt6! Happy Birthday to Wfac for six years of continued work and actions to EndVAWg



Dear friends, supporters and partners of Wfac Cameroon (Wfac) , it’s hard to believe that Wfac is already 6 years old.

Looking back and counting our accomplishment and impact of our work on the lives of youth especially women and girls, I feel more than proud and humbled at the number of lives touched, empowered and saved.

Since 2009, Wfac has connected around 100 grassroots voices to policy markers, platforms and networks for positive change; supported 20 adolescent girls and boys with life skills and trainings as allies and agents against violence on women and girls! Last but not the least, Wfac has empowered about 50 women and girls on SRHR advocacy and leadership development!

The truth is - all these won’t have been possible if not of the generous support and contributions from supporters and friends like you, including family members, volunteers and staff! I wish to also indicate here that your comments and Likes on our facebook, Twitter/@Wfaccmr and Instagram/@Wfaccmr, has continued to be of great inspiration to all!

To mark our 6th anniversary, below are some highlights on What Women for a Change, Cameroon (Wfac) has done in six years.

Highlights
  • More than 2000 people informed and voted for the ‘My World’ Survey (2013)
  • 100+ community actions, advocacies, campaigns, leadership trainings and programs for gender justice and the empowerment of women and girls (2009 -2015)
  • Popularised the post-2015 process and mobilised public participation through the action2015 campaign, reaching out to over 100 000 young people, including top government officials. (2013-2015)
  • 50 young people received intensive trainings and practical capacity building skills on SRHR advocacy (2014-2015)
  • 50 15-year old supported to take ownership of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. (2015)
  • Increased discussions both online and offline around CSE and SRHR, care, services and education
  • Effective use of social media and SMS for change 
  • October - November 2015, Wfac ED was recommended by the UN agencies to lead the UNCMR4U campaign (both online and offline)
  • September 2015, Wfac entered a partnership agreement with YES Program Cameroon team.
  • Wfac co authored an article with UNFPA Cameroon that got featured on UNFPA Global Site

Upcoming events

  1. November 28, Wfac and student of St. Monica University will be holding a public parade to call on the government to adopt a climate just agreement for all. (https://www.facebook.com/events/765612170211181/ )
  2. November 30, Wfac and Stop Street Harassment founder will co-host an e-chat on twitter under the harshtag #Sayfty (http://sayfty.com/)
  3. December 4, Wfac will be holding an Interactive dialogue with UN System / UN Women Cameroon on “Ensuring Gender Equality : Making Education Safe for All!”,as well as an gender fair   ( https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rQ6-WpxTa7tcS5mDde6o85Oi40cSC9eiFIvL9qxnkj0/viewform )

WfacAt6! What it means to staff, friends and supporters of Wfac

It has been a wonderful time with Wfac, seeing wfacAt6 has been so inspirational, motivational, and a life changing opportunity and above all impacting in my leadership values that will last forever. Thank you wfac for giving me the skills and making me to know my rights as a woman and as a young girl. I am forever grateful to Wfac! Happy birthday Wfac. The sky is not our limit but just our stating point.
- Lydwina Mesang, Wfac Volunteer. 

Community Outreach and Capacity Building are two separable activities. But an Impacting and sustainable organisation is that which incorporates both in its respective scheme of activities/operations. I have seen this trend in Wfac Cameroon, most especially the focus on People Development in both Internal and during Community Outreach activities. This is essential in enabling the achievement of desired impact. Among many others, this is one of the key traits used by Wfac to stay coherent to its objectives and impacting the community.
~ Pekwekoh Leonard, Social Entrepreneur


Dear Women for a Change, Cameroon (Wfac),

Congratulations on your 6th Anniversary and each member directly or indirectly linked to Wfac as a staff, a sponsor, a volunteer should be proud on this occasion. The work you undertake is one that is at the heart of building a society, community and a country for today and the future. I recall a member of Wfac telling me about her experience of interacting with a young girl of 13 years old the same age as my second daughter who has been raped and hospitalised but unfortunately passed away a few days after the Wfac member's visit. This touching story and the pains it brings is what Wfac is working to prevent.  ~
Kwabena Asante-Ntiamoah ( ( @Kwabena_AN) 
Deputy Representative,UNFPA Cameroon ( @UNFPACameroon) 
This message is sent in a private capacity and not that of UNFPA.


Happy 6th anniversary, Wfac

Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh (@ZoFem), Founder & Executive Director Women for a Change, Cameroon (Wfac) (@Wfaccmr)

This was originally published by Women for a Change Cameroon (Wfac) on 26 November 2015 at 22:58

Violence survivors find compassion, care at Cameroon's Listening Centre

Violence survivors find compassion, care at Cameroon

The Listening Centre refers violence survivors to a local health centre for medical care. Here, women wait to be seen at a health centre in Cameroon. © UNFPA Cameroon

YAOUNDE/BATOURI, Cameroon – How does one comfort the family of an abused adolescent girl, or assist a pregnant survivor of sexual assault? In Batouri, in eastern Cameroon, these difficult tasks are the responsibility of two Catholic priests, Abbe Onto Victor and Gregoire Assiene, who have created a centre to support survivors of gender-based violence.
The Women’s Centre for Information, Listening, and Psychosocial and Legal Assistance – often simply called the Listening Centre – is managed by a dedicated team of seven catholic priests.
“The doctrine of the church talks of dignity for all,” said Mr. Assiene, 60, adding, "No one has to experience such cruelty of humankind."










Violence tragically common

Violence against women and girls is tragically commonplace in much of Cameroon.
According to the most recent general population and housing census, among women aged 14 to 49, at least 34 per cent had experienced physical violence, 8 per cent had experienced sexual violence, and 21 per cent had experienced both.
The Listening Centre was established three years ago in the Diocese of Batour, and each month it handles at least 15 cases, said Mr. Victor.
Women are referred to medical professionals or the justice system, depending on the nature of their case. They also receive counselling, clinical care and other assistance.
The care available has also expanded to include support for pregnant adolescents and women suffering from maternal health complications – such as obstetric fistula, a traumatic injury that can occur during childbirth.

Raising the level of care

UNFPA began supporting the Listening Centre in 2014. During the course of the year, UNFPA helping to train 55 centre workers, all based in different communities in Batouri. Many of them are now in charge of efforts to end violence against women and to assist survivors.
Before UNFPA partnered with the Listening Centre, “we, at the Centre, didn't use to offer psychosocial support and counselling,” said Mr. Assiene. “Cases of violence received at our centre were referred to the police or social affairs.”

















All that has changed, he noted.
“We get to have a psychologist visit the centre twice every month to offer support and services to clients.”
Centre staff have also learned about the needs of survivors and how to address them sensitively.

Reinforcing care skills

Last month, in partnership with UN Women and the Government of Japan, UNFPA held a two-day training for 35 community members, health and legal experts, and civil society workers. Listening Centre staff were among the attendees at the workshop, which covered counselling skills, medical referrals and other crucial support for survivors.
“The purpose of the training was to reinforce participants’ capacities,” said Angelique Dikoume, a UNFPA gender specialist.
Other attendees included staff from groups that support orphans and at-risk young people.
Secondary school teacher Christine Mayina, said the skills will help her better assist the vulnerable youth she works with. “I feel very empowered, and more equipped,” she said.
– Olive Bonga and Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo-Wondieh (@ZoFem)
This is article was originally published on October 22 at UNFPA Global page via
- See more at: http://www.unfpa.org/news/violence-survivors-find-compassion-care-cameroons-listening-centre#sthash.SyOcoZ1J.dpuf

27.8.15

Finance Our Future : Young Woman's Reflections from the FfD3 in Addis, Ethiopia

Published by Wfac Team, August 27, 2015

One can’t talk of development without talking about gender justice and financing,Nancy Makeoh (@MakeohMafor)Wfac Cameroon (@Wfaccmr) Community Outreach Manager shares her reflections from FfD3 in Addis, Ethiopia.

Its over a month since I returned from Ethiopia from the FfD3 summit where I was privileged to represent Wfac Cameroon (@Wfaccmr), thanks to the nomination and sponsorship of  Femnet

The Third Financing for Development (FfD3) took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, July 13-16, 2015. Prior to the summit, I was had the privilege to attend a couple of important side events and meetings, while also working with the Women’s Working Group on Financing for Development (WWG on FfD) to ensure that the FfD3 recognises the need to invest in women’s and girls’ human rights, health, education and leadership.

The FfD3 summit was quite timely especially now when world leaders will soon adopt a global development agenda. It is therefore of extreme importance to address responsive financing for development: for one can’t talk of development without talking about gender justice and financing.

The topics discussed at the summit were cross-cutting, though of global and local importance. Some of the key items that were discussed include though not limited to;
  • Tax justice and domestic resource mobilization
  • Private finance
  • International public finance
  • Debt, trade, systematic issues and technology
  • Data, follow-up and review

Of all the discussions, I got very much interested in tax justice and domestic resource mobilization. This was a learning session for me especially to see how politicised tax discourses were been addressed at the global level and what the United Nations thinks about it and also how resources will be allocated to facilitate the achievement of the sustainable development goals to make it a success.

“We all pay tax - directly or indirectly; whether or not we have a formal and/or informal job, employed and/or unemployed. The only difference amongst tax payers is how equitable are their tax benefits”, says Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo Wondieh, WFAC Executive Director during the FfD3 campaign for Action2015


“The issue of tax justice did not start today”, says one participant at the FfD3, it has been there even before the first and second international conference on the financing for development (FfD) that were held in Monterrey and Doha 2002 and 2008 respectively.

As a young woman whose future, education and health, strongly rely on the decision world leaders will make this September 2015, it was important to watch political leaders and business tycoons playing with words about financing our future. Nonetheless, I feel empowered and more informed around development financing, tax justice and domestic resource mobilization. Just listening to great minds share their wisdom and expertise on how our future can be far more better for all if each one of us plan and invest wisely. The discussion also broadened my scope and understanding around challenges women face because of tax injustice, and the advantages of tax justices most importantly on women considering the fact that, women most often are the ones involve in doing small businesses and are been asked to pay high taxes. Another key issue which I feel is worth noting from the meeting was taxation challenges faced at regional level, how the allocation of domestic resources can improve gender equality and women economic empowerment.

The FfD3 concluded with an the adoption of an Addis Abeba Action Agenda on financing the post-2015 sustainable development agenda over the next 15 years and beyond.

The experience in Addis was very enriching and I left the summit with more stronger sense and hope that we can all do it. All that needed is just the will to make financing development agenda work for women and girls health and education.

11.8.15

Strategic Investment in youth power is key to economic growth and development in Cameroon.

Young people hold the future and denying them their rights to a meaningful civic engagement especially in deciding on matters that directly affects their lives and future is not only a violation to their human rights but has a strong negative impact to national growth and development. It is also imperative to say that it is a failure from the government to ensure and promote democratic practices and enhancement of the future leaders and workforce. 

Research estimates that 64% of Cameroon’s population are young people under 30 years. This is an essential workforce to drive economic growth and development. However, in most national debates, young people’s voices are hardly ever heard and counted. This includes policies, decisions and laws that directly impacts and influence their lives and development.

To commemorate the International Youth Day 2015, Women for a Change (Wfac), Cameroon in collaboration with Hope for the Needy Association (hofna), Cameroon, Iam15 Action/2015 Youth Ambassadors will hold a two-day Interactive and Inter-generational Solidarity Meeting to celebrate youth activism, participation and engagement in the post-2015 agenda and its discourse in Cameroon. The meeting will be held with young people between the ages of 15-35 years, under the theme, “Youth Power.It’s down to Us!”

For the last two years or more, Wfac has been engaged in the post-2015 development process, from the Africa Regional Conferences in Addis, Ethiopia, to the intergovernmental negotiations in New York, U.S.A to ensure that the voices of women and youth is heard in this fora.

Wfac has held over 50 community actions initiatives, including campaigns at the grassroots, advocacy meetings, inter-generational dialogues, all geared towards advancing youth participation and involvement in the post-2015 agneda. It has also worked with diverse groups and individuals, including 15 year old students, school dropout, young professionals, women and youth groups in mobilising, organising and popularising the post-2015 process, ensuring that young people voices, especially those of adolescent girls are heard and counted in this global agenda.


To strategically give a voice to young people in Cameroon, in June 2013, Wfac conducted for the first time in Fako Division, in th Southwest Region,  the “My World Survey”, reaching out to about 1500 young people, women and men under 35 years with the questionnaires, encouraging them  to add their voices by voting for their most priorities in the ‘my world’ survey. 

In 2014, Wfac led a series of robust national campaigns and advocacy meetings with some 22 youth leaders and activists representing 10 youth-led and women-led organisations across the country, calling on the Government of Cameroon and policy makers to position and prioritise human rights issues at the core of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda. 

For this year of 2015, all Wfac members have been extremely active and busy with limited rest this is coupled by the fact that we are just a small team of three -  nevertheless, our team size did not hinder our effective engagement to seize this pivotal moment to influence change, and ensure we choose the future we want for the world and for that matter Cameroon by 2030! 

As an active member of the Action2015 campaign,  as well as the Coordinator for the National Coalition of Action2015 Cameroon, it’s been a great honour for Wfac and I to work with the youth in this country, especially the 15 year old ambassadors, youth champions, CSOs such as Hofna - to advocate  for government’s support for an inclusive and ambitious evidence-based post-2015 development agenda. Centred to all our work is that urge to meaningfully engage and participate in designing the future we want for ourselves and our future.

Today, August 12, as we celebrate our activism, participation and involvement in the post-2015 process, let’s continue to build on more momentum, as well as using our Youth Power to galvanize and with positive pressure for an integrated and inclusive approach in designing and implementing the national action plan of the global sustainable development agenda over the next 15 years and putting the advancement and development of  young people at the forefront. 

Today is just the beginning of a long walk for a just and safe world for all, women, and men!

15.7.15

The Cameroon We Want by 2030

 The CameroonWeWant‬ by 2030 through the eyes of young people.‪ The Africa We Want‬ ‪#‎FFd3‬ Finance Our Future‬
During the celebration of the National Day on May20, a team from Women for a Change Cameroon and Hope for the Needy Association (hofna) Cameroon, went out in the streets, schools and communities and asked young Cameroonians to tell us about their vision for Cameroon. Over 300 young people were interviewed as part of the first VAF animation documentary on the ‪#‎Post2015‬ in ‪#‎Cameroon‬.
Their responds covered a wide range of topics, including promotion of climate justice, peace, security, development financing, equal opportunity for all, quality education, employment and descent job; ensuring access quality and affordable health care services, care and facilities; eradicating extreme hunger/poverty; the fight against corruption, climate change, gender inequality /injustice, economic development and youth under/unemployment....
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7.7.15

Preaching the Gospel of Gender Equality to the People of Mudeka, Wfac's Team write

"Living in this little creek has made people forget and abandoned us", says the V.P of GBHS #Mudeka, "we need this education for empowerment and development"

On June 19, Michel and Nancy of WFAC visited Mudeka for their usual community outreach and educational talks to youth and women's groups. Unlike the usual speaking to women, the  visit this time had participation from men, youth, boys and elder, as well as women who had previously attended the May workshop along with some new faces who joined them for a first time.

Michel Bélanger-Roy, WFAC’s legal intern, opened the floor by talking about marriage and the law in Cameroon. The workshop was designed to inform married women of their rights and responsibilities. As Michel and Nancy stressed out, marriage can often protect women in vulnerable positions, but it is essential for women to know their rights in order to enforce them. He also pointed out that it is important to distinguish a marriage that is recognized by law, one that is not, and one that is only recognized by customary law. However, as he explained, whatever the situation you are in, there are many different ways to protect yourself from uncertainty. Some examples were given, such as registering property in your name, drafting a will or making a living together agreement.

Nancy Makeoh, WFAC’s community outreach coordinator, took over and gave a presentation on gender equality. After discussing the differences between gender and sex, she pointed out the many ways in which gender inequalities persist today in Cameroon, and the consequences of these inequalities on our lives. Drawing from various perspectives, she insisted on the many advantages of attaining gender equality for women and for society as a whole. Thus, she presented the social and economic advantages, and talked about the role of stereotypes in the evolution of gender equality. She also emphasized the role of education in achieving gender equality. Finally participants were invited to be part of the change themselves by teaching others around them on the advantages of gender equality.

This introduced Michel’s presentation about the importance of education. By various examples, Michel discussed with participants how education was closely linked to equality, employment, politics, economy, health and safety. Participants talked about their heroes and realized how education had played an important role in their accomplishments. Finally, Michel narrowed the topic down to the education of girls, and showed how education was a key to improve their lives, but also those of their families and communities.


The workshop ended with a discussion about the struggles of poor families to provide a good education to their children. A group picture was taken to immortalize this rewarding afternoon with the inspiring women of Mudeka.

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