Yesterday, the Pan African Institute of Development Buea hosted the first series of human rights seminars organised by Youth Partnership, a network of different organisations including Community Centre for Integrated Development, @Ayef, @Yalda-Paidwa, Vision in Action Cameroon, IBuild Africa and Girls Excel.
The event rallied together over 51 young people from different civil society and academic institutions in the South West Region to discuss the aim and objectives of human rights and how to localise the concept in Cameroon to capture the perspectives and contributions of young Cameroonians.
There were different presentations from the key note speaker prof Uwem Essia, who is the director of PAIDWA, Buea and those from the panel which included Barrister Clifford Akonteh, Mr Hasel Tanteh and our very own Ms Delphine Konda. These presentations highlighted the different human rights instruments available at the national, regional and international levels but stressed on the importance of implementation.Y
This year’s edition of the International Women’s Day was celebrated under the theme #PressForProgress
Initiated by Ovamba Inc, Girls Excel in partnership with Community Development Network and La Perche organised a one day workshop with women to commemorate the event in Douala.
Taking place on the 8th of March 2018 at the La Perche Community Centre in Bonamikando, Bonaberi, the event brought together about 40 women to discuss issues on women’s health and economic empowerment.
Under the theme ‘ Women’s Empowerment Through Health and Entrepreneurship’, Girls Excel and partners held interactive and participatory sessions on Menstrual Hygiene Management especially for adolescent daughters.
The women equally mastered the different Sexual and Reproductive Health Education approaches that they can use to guide their adolescent daughters through puberty.
A team from Ovamba Inc engaged the women on entrepreneurship as a tool for women’s empowerment while sharing their daily experiences of working with women’s entrepreneurs at the grassroots level in different
parts of Cameroon through Ovamba Inc. An inspirational video from Viola Llewellyn, co-founder of Ovamba was also projected.
At the end of the day, all the women received books, and sanitary kits donated by Ovamba, Girls Excel and Community Development Network as support for the education of their daughters.
So far, we have received positive feedback from the women who participated in the event and we look forward to more interactive workshops with girls and women in the grassroots.
This November, 2017 Ms Mary Ntui and Magha Diana of Girls Excel represented the organization in a week long seminar in Nsewam,Ghana from the 12-19th of November. This seminar was part of an IFM-SEI project called ‘ON THE MOVE’ (OTM). This is a two year project co-funded by ERASMUS+ Program of the European Union, to assist organizations working with young people to better handle challenges faced when dealing with migration, visa and mobility. This event brought together representatives from African member organizations of the IFM-SEI.
Girls Excel founder Delphine Konda received a ‘certificate of Honour’ and cash prize for her contribution towards empowering girls and young women in rural communities through Girls Excel. The event was organised by Raising A Generation of Esther’s Foundation (RGE) on the 16th-17th of June 2017 in Buea, Cameroon as part of its annual women conference. Read More
In July 2016, our volunteer Ms Taku Ronaldine represented Girls Excel at the Digital Participation Camp (DPC) in Munster, Germany. The Digital Participation camp is a global conference that connects young digital changemakers from Africa, Europe, Middle East and Asia in order to identify the trends, strategies, and challenges involved in youth participation via social media, while also working on new international youth projects. Read More