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Teenage-birth-rates

It is true that child marriage is more widespread in rural areas in Cameroon, but let’s not forget that there are also many child brides found in towns... The legal age for marriage in Cameroon for girls is 15 and 18 for boys – a law that is vigorously being fought against by human rights activists and the Ministry of Women’s Empowerment...

Some 58,000 children have suffered severe malnutrition in northern Cameroon this year | Photo: Otto Bakano/IRIN

Mairam Umaru’s year-old son had suffered vomiting and fever on and off for a month before she sought medical help. “I thought it was my milk affecting him, or that he was teething"

Breast-ironing

By Chi Yvonne Leina:  In the privacy of homes, behind closed kitchen and bedroom doors, pubescent girls in Cameroon are being tortured by their own mothers...

No-breast-ironing

By Konda Delphine: As a teenager, I witnessed a lot of cases of breast ironing... It is not enough for Cameroon to ratify laws like CEDAW when one out of four girls experiences breast ironing...

Cameroon-education

Oct 2012: With only one government school for the blind in Cameroon, blind students struggle to afford education. And girls face special challenges around education and sexual health...

Bafanji-women

Post-Conflict reconstruction: The Bafanji women tell it all - When it began, the aftermath challenge and how they contributed to the reconstruction and rebuilding of village post-conflict.

Florence-Onyama-stall

March 2012: By Zoneziwoh Mbongdgulo - "Known as ‘ngangis’ or ‘tontines’ (women-owned spaces), they have existed for centuries. To date, ngangis remain one of the most active and oldest forms of rotating micro-savings programmes for many people--grassroots women in particular."

RENATA : Réseau National des Associations de Tantines

Aug 2011. Dadine Dsandjon is the Assistant Executive Secretary of RENATA (Reseau National des Associations des Tantines, or “National Network of Aunties Association” in English), a network of more than 60 “Aunties” associations in Cameroun that bring comprehensive sexuality education to adolescents and teenage mothers.

 

Caritas-Forum

In many regions of Cameroon a woman traditionally was regarded as the property of her husband. Because of the importance attached to customs and traditions, civil laws protecting women often are not respected...