By Nenne Ekoi, Director of Programs

Kumba, Cameroon — The CameroonFDP team created the Girls Leadership Initiative in response to the Ministry of Women Empowerment and the Family in Cameroon, which called local communities to fight violence against women, which accounts for over 75 percent of trauma and health risks in Cameroon. Fighting gender violence is a high priority for CameroonFDP, as most of our girls are vulnerable and victims of gender violence in all forms.

Our Girls Leadership Initiative will launch on May 25th. The first two topics are Leadership and the fight to stop violence against women. Previously, our girls program has had 50 participants but in 2019 there was an increase of 10 girls who are determined to be a change in their community!

60 girls have registered to participate and will be divided into eight teams. Our aim is train young girls to take leadership positions and fight this canker worm that is ravaging the rights of young girls and women in our society as prescribed in the Sustainable Development Goals. We hope our program will support these young women to be their own voice and the voice for the voiceless in our communities. At the end of our program, young girls will confidently lead their peers, put aside fears, and be confident in their capacity and ability to lead. Our program theme is “empowered to transform.”