Date: August 26, 2012
Time: 10:00 a.m. UTC +01
Where: Bafanji Village, Northwest Region of Cameroon
MAKE MAMA VISIBLE is an an honorary walk race to bring aging mothers in the rural villages of Cameroon to the spotlight, as athletes and entertainers.
The initiative has been conceived by Women For a Change (WFAC) Buea in Cameroon.
“The idea of this public walk is to create space for our aged mamas to become visible – to change the sport dynamics allowing possibilities for aged people to entertain the young and vice versa, and as well. as to make aged mothers living in the rural regions to feel honored, confident in themselves and not to think their age is a barrier to be happy.
“At least, if there is anything the society should do for aged mothers – is to love, support, and honour them. Recognizing their unconditional love, affection, and guidance they are always showing to their children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren, in spite of their age.
“It is also good to note that at their age, they are supposed to already be having good time with their grand and great grandchildren. Unfortunately, nature has forced many of these aged mamas to become breadwinners to their orphan great and grandchildren, widow daughters and widower sons. Many of them have seen their daughters die due to complications related to pregnancy and childbirth, HIV, war, and violence.
“Some even live in alienation, poverty and disease.”
Zonziwoh Mbondgulo, founder of WFAC Buea.
The project calls on the world to dedicate an hour out of the 8,784 hours in a year for an honorary walk to Make Mama Visible.
To learn more about Make Mama Visible, check out the Facebook page and a Twitter hashtag, #MMV12 is being used to share updates about the project – and participants.
Women for a Change (WFAC) Buea was formed in October 2009, to respond to the need to promote and protect rights of young Cameroonian women, and to support, connect, and encourage women to work together to create a caring communtiy, cutting across the gender barriers and constraints.
WFAC Buea is based at the University of Buea, in the Southwest Region of Cameroon.
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