World AIDS Day celebrated every December 1st, was designated as such since 1988. It is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease. A project was implemented by Bridgers in 4 secondary schools located in Yaoundé in April-June 2019: Ayungha Bilingual College, Christian Comprehensive Secondary School (CCSS) Nkolmbong, Champion High School, and Mada International College on the subject “Reproductive Health Care and Empowerment: Women, protect your health and future!. This consisted of a sensitization campaign to create awareness amongst the youths on the transmission, symptoms and modes of prevention of the virus given that this disease has no cure. Also, an ongoing project will be implemented in the University of Yaoundé 2, Soa based on the sensitization, education and empowerment of the youths on AIDS/HIV and the distribution of condoms and it’s method of utilisation as a means of curbing the spread of the HIV virus through sexual intercourse in youths and the soa community as a whole in the locality.
The International Day of the Girl Child is annually celebrated on the 11th October. This day was enshrined by the United Nations general assembly on the 19th December 2011 according to its resolution 66/170. This day was set aside so as to empower the girl with knowledge to continue to voice out their concerns and passions. This year, under the theme “GirlForce: Unscripted and Unstoppable” we celebrate girls achievements all over the world. To commemorate this great occasion, Bridgers Association Cameroon sensitized the girls of Ayungha Bilingual College and Success International College, Yaounde. We equally carried out a series of online campaigns on all our social media platforms to create awareness and recognize girls’ rights as well as the unique challenges girls face all over the world.
On Wednesday 9th October 2019, Bridgers Association Cameroon set foot in Ayungha Bilingual College and made its impact felt once more. A great number of talks delivered to the students centered around education. In the course of these talks, girls were encouraged to breakthrough any gender stereotypes and barriers posed by the society and pursue their dreams. Also, the aspect of early child marriage was castigated and the importance of girl education was emphasized.
Also, on Friday 11th October 2019, Bridgers team made their way to Success International College. Talks were delivered to the girls both in English and French, encouraging the students to dream big, work to their full potential and embrace all professions irrespective of their gender. The students received the message with a lot of enthusiasm and we had meaningful exchanges. This talk was punctuated by an interesting activity. Each girl was asked to write down her aspirations on a piece of paper and later on fly them.
This was done thanks to the brilliant initiative given to us by one of our partners, «Girls Not Brides». The girls had great dreams and visions which was quite impressive. Indeed it was a great one! Together let us support and nurture the girl child in achieving her dreams.
Nelson Mandela International Day (or Mandela Day) is an annual international
day in honor of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18th July, Mandela’s birth day.The day was officially declared by the United nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18th July 2010. However, other groups began celebrating Mandela Day on 18 July 2009.
Mandela Day is a global call to action that celebrates the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world, the ability to make an impact. Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honor the legacy of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former President, and his values, through volunteering and community service.
On 18th July every year, we invite you to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in your communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better! Mandela Day is an occasion for all to take action and inspire change in the world.
In commemoration of this day, Bridgers Association Team joined the Diplomats and YALI Mandela Fellows in carrying out a clean up campaign which involved the cleaning of the maternity and pediatrics wards of the Central Hospital in Yaounde, Cameroon. We cleaned the windows, baby’s cots, and the surroundings of the hospital. We volunteered in our own little way as part of our community service marking the celebration of the Nelson Mandela day 2019.
We, Bridgers Association Cameroon, want to take this day as an opportunity to encourage young people to take another look into the dusty bookshelf at home or take a walk into the nearest bookshop. Bridgers wants to encourage parents to turn off the TV at home and instead give their children some good books into their hands to read.
In the fast-living society that we live in, social media and television dominate the day today life of many people. Children and youth easily get used to this kind of overstimulation, which can cause stress and difficulties to concentrate and focus. The importance of reading books is not only about knowledge-accumulation. They take your mind to places you would never have imagined. You are the creator of your own colourful universe you can dive in, while words wing your imagination towards new horizons.
And at the same time– you learn. You learn about other people’s perspectives and intentions, you learn about historic events, about some distant far away-places, about politics and possible future-horizons. By reading about what others have achieved, you can be encouraged. By reading about what other people have gone through, you can find new strength and learn that you are not alone. By reading about other cultures and customs, you can widen you own horizon. Ones, you are used to reading novels and fairy tales as a child and adolescent, it will not be difficult for you to keep going with that pathway in school and universities and thus keep up with the work-load on reading and even go beyond it. Reading will be a part of you, and you will enjoy it.
We, Bridger’s Association Cameroon, have an ongoing project that promotes a “Reading Culture” as a major strategy to get a well-grounded and qualitative education that empowers young people and helps them to find jobs. The Project is called “Quality Education for Girls”.
In Cameroon women’s access to the labour-market and to financial resources is highly restricted, compared to men. Proportion of the population declaring it is not acceptable for a woman in their family to work outside home for a pay: 14 %. Share of managers (male): 90%. Share of account holders (male): 58%. Source.
In fact, women’s labour force participation is high in Cameroon and beside being in charge of the household and raising children, they contribute to the household’s income. Yet, their work is undervalued and perceived as supplementing the income of the husband, regardless of the actual content of the work (or income). Source.
Furthermore, women often face difficulties in obtaining jobs as they are seen as the weaker sex and not as capable as a man. They are disadvantaged because they have a double burden: Beside seeking higher education or higher positions on the job-market, they still have to manage the household and the raising of the children by themselves, most often.
There is a general mistrust against highly educated women, who managed to get into a higher positions: Very often women are belived to use their sexuality to get into high positions instead of getting their by hard work. Bridgers Association Cameroon demand that this mindset has to change!
Unfortunately, many men in leading positions abuse their position and force women, who might not see any other way to support their children or improve their miserable living-conditions, to engage with them sexually. Bridgers Association Cameroon calls to stop this is gender-based violence in the labour-market immediately!
International Water Day Celebrated today world wide and in Cameroon in particular, but the access to clean and good drinking water remains a nightmare in most localities in Cameroon. Buea, from where we operate, is included in the suffering. We at Bridgers Association Cameroon are proposing more boreholes with a good filtering system. Boreholes have proven to provide good drinking water for many communities. Though boreholes are expensive, the value of water can’t be measured in monetary terms. – If you are able, why not provide one Borehole for a community? Furthermore, Bridgers Association Cameroon identified the need to rehabilitate most water catchment areas in Cameroon.
The international Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation celebrated every year on the 6th of February is a day which was put in place by the UN to raise awareness and eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM). The theme for this year 2020 is “Unleashing Youth Power”.
Female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) refers to the cutting, removing, or sewing close all or part of a girl’s or a woman’s external genitals for no medical reason. According to statistics from the World Health Organisation, more than 200 million girls and women alive today have been cut in 30 countries in Africa; the Middle East and Asia where FGM is concentrated. FGM is recognized internationally as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. It reflects inequality between the sexes, and constitutes an extreme form of discrimination against women and is a form of gender based violence against girls/women.
Bridgers Association calls upon us all to join us to fight this ill and stamp out this malpractice from our society. We strongly stand against this practice as it violates goals 3, 5, and 10 (good health and wellbeing, gender equality and reduced inequalities respectively) of the Sustainable Development Goals set by the UN. We join our voices with the WHO, the UN and other organisations in the world to fight against this. We are out to sensitize the public and raise awareness on the complications involved with this practice and the need to end it as soon as possible.