Gender-based violence (GBV) is the most extreme expression of unequal gender relations in society. It is first and foremost a violation of human rights, and a global health issue that cuts across boundaries of economic wealth, culture, religion, age, and sexual orientation. While GBV disproportionally affects women and girls, it also affects men and boys. Wherever GBV occurs, it is a major obstacle for the achievement of gender justice, posing a serious threat to democratic development and public health, and is a critical barrier to achieving sustainable development, economic growth and peace.
If women, girls, men and boys are not safe, they cannot be full citizens nor fully participate in the development of their own society. Ending gender-based violence and ensuring girls and women’s security is a priority for Girls Excel. Girls Excel in partnership with Urgent Action Africa (UAF) has designed a two prone approach project to address gender-based violence in host communities in the South West, which is currently affected by the Anglophone crisis.
The main objective of the project that was entitled “Safe2Express” was to address Gender Based Violence as a weapon of conflict in the South West region of Cameroon. Using a 3 prone approach of door to door, bus to bus sensitization and direct referrals, the project was able to draw attention to the increasing forms of gender based violence as a result of the on-going conflict in the South West region of Cameroon. A network of Peer educators on Gender Based Violence was created involving all the participants of the project (about 40 participants). Through this online platform, we are able to mobilise, share information and share good practices. Through this project, Girls Excel was able to sensitise about 6,012 people being 3252 from door to door and 2760 from bus to bus .