The 16-day activism campaign against gender based violence has effectively taken off with stakeholders carrying out various activities to mark the period.
The campaign which runs from November 25 to December 10 was flagged off last Wednesday, November 24 by the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family, Professor Marie Thérèse Abena Ondoua.
In attendance were coordinators of the various agencies of the United Nations systems in Cameroon, non-governmental organizations, leaders of associations and youth movements engaged in the quest to increase awareness, strengthen awareness efforts and share knowledge and innovations.
Under the theme “Orange the world: End violence against women now”, the campaign serves as a strategic framework for people and organizations around the world calling for action to prevent and end violence against women and girls.
Activities were also rolled out across the nation to mark the 16 days activism campaign to end gender based violence against women and girls, notably in the West Region notably in the West Region where a two-day workshop to roll out safeguarding guidelines for young girls was held at the Government Bilingual High School Bafoussam and the Lycée Classique de Bafoussam.
The initiative organized by the CBC Health services was launched by the Regional Delegate of Secondary Education alongside that of Social Affairs.
Also in attendance were also principals, senior discipline masters, guidance counselors, social workers, teachers, students’ representatives and PTA chair persons.
After the conducting risk assessments for child abuse last year, the CBCHS provided technical support to both schools in developing schools specific guidelines to ensure child friendly environments and hence enhance the teaching and learning process, improve performance.