CAGEAD Builds Skills to Fight SGBV, Provides Assistance to Women, Girls

CAGEAD trains Young Women and Girls carry in Bamenda

In order to fight Sexual and gender-based Violence (SGBV), Gender Inequalities, Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) , Vulnerabilities, CAGEAD has built skills of Women and Girls while providing them with dignity kits, food hampers to adolescent girls and young women in Bamenda.

Being the most vulnerable group of persons, in times of conflict and amidst covid-19, women need to be given adequate knowledge on existing society norms that affect them. 

Participants brand Dignity Kits from CAGEAD

It was on this basis that on the 9th and 10th of October 2021, the Center for Advocacy in Gender Equality and action for development-CAGEAD, a local NGO based in Bamenda Cameroon brought together 20 adolescent girls and young women at the Immaculate Conception center to educate and train them on their rights.

The get together was aimed at educating young girls and women on their Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, creating awareness on Gender Based Violence, providing dignity kits and food hampers to the girls.

Presentations and group activities enlightened these young women and girls what they needed to know, setting project objectives and mapping of the workshop's expectations.

Different gender concepts, forms of gender based violence, Sexual reproductive health rights, and correct use of social media apps to fight against GBV, in order to advocate for the rights of a girl child, were introduced for in-depth discursions.

Marion lyn, a participant said that she is happy to have learnt about her sexual health, how to take care of herself during menstruation and where she can go report any case of GBV. After the discursions at the worship, she said she can also educate her peers on what she has learnt.

“I never knew that the social difference with a girl and boy is as a result of gender. I used to think that it was natural but now I know that they are socially constructed and I also know more about Gender based violence and the referral pathway for survivors” says Atema Melaline, a 19 year old undergraduate.

These Young Women and Girls recieved support from CAGEAD

Distribution of food hampers, dignity kits and transport support to access medical services was carried out on Day two of the workshop, as the participants were appreciative to HER VOICE FUND and CAGEAD for all the items they received.

Clotilda Andiensa

The CEO of CAGEAD, Waah Clotilda Andiensa is the country lead for HER Voice Fund Cameroon, and has a network of other organizations that are grantees to the HER Voice Fund. 

"This activity was an emergency respond to the challenges that AGYW face during COVID-19 times, while living in a conflict hit region", CEO CAGEAD.

CAGEAD is a local organization that specializes in empowering women and girls for sustainable development.

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