In Cameroon, less than 50 per cent of girls attend primary school, and of that group, only 32 per cent go on to attend secondary school. These girls miss an average of 4 days of school each month simply because they get their periods. That is nearly a week of school - 20 per cent of a school month.
Community Development Network (CDN) believes that women’s empowerment is key when it comes to global development and enhancing families to break a cycle of poverty. The most sustainable way to accomplish women’s empowerment and gender equity is by improving education and employment opportunities for women and girls. However, if periods remain unaddressed, they form a major obstacle for women’s empowerment.
The taboo around menstruation affects mental and physical health. The effects can go so far as to affect maternal mortality. Unclean methods of maintaining your period, whether due to a lack of resources or a lack of education surrounding the use of such products, can cause infections like skin irritation to something more fatal like Toxic Shock Syndrome.
CDN’s Menstrual Hygiene Project has two aims:
1. To improve the attendance rates girls in Cameroon
2. To empower girls in Cameroon so that they can confidently claim their human rights
CDN gives workshops and training to girls aged 11 to 17 that teach them about menstrual hygiene, sexual and reproductive health, and their human rights. During the workshops, the girls are also provided with sustainable menstrual hygiene products, such as menstrual underwear, reusable pads, and menstrual cups.
Because if the key to international development is women’s empowerment, we want girls to feel confident and supported so that they can excel.
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) today has become an indispensable tool for human development and although with the overwhelming impact of new technologies globally, numerous factors still account for the setbacks in bridging the digital divide in developing nations like Cameroon. Many youths in rural Cameroon have never used a computer, let alone received any basic training/education on computer user skills. Our ICT project aims to provide basic knowledge of computers and promote the use of computers as a learning tool at home and in schools while offering computer training for a vocation.
This project will enable young people to use the ICT and other new technologies to engage in collaborative educational projects that both enhance learning and make a difference in the world. The focus here is to train its participants to become skilled, productive and creative in computer related user skills as well as raise the awareness of the community as a whole on the use and importance of ICT in the 21st Century. Youths are provided with free training in basic computer skills, office applications & Internet skills which are in high demand. Through group interactions, mentoring, discussions and question & answer sessions to reinforce learning.
This training will effectively equip them with vital proficiency/skills needed to sharpen and enhance their literacy and interest through access to computer education. CDN wants to bring ICT to the masse and remote areas and transform the lives of participants while broadening their options to new opportunities. Youths are empowered to take their place in society and become computer literate and proficient - and consequently viable and competitive in the market place in career development and hence contribute to national development.
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