Bridgers Association Cameroon is aware that Human Rights are violated the world over. The situation is even worse in developing countries like Cameroon and Africa in general. We are prompted by the great extent to which vulnerable persons (children, women, disabled) are tortured in one way or another.
Bridgers is focusing attention and galvanizing efforts to curb or minimize this violation of children’s rights in the areas of early child marriage, breast ironing, female genital mutilation, and child labor.
We will be honored to collaborate with you in the improvement of the children’s rights or on the notion of rights. Our team is made up of dynamic personalities versed with the notions and concepts of Human Rights and Good Governance.
Good governance is about the processes of decision making in our society. For us, we deal with the local populations and as such we consider empowering every member of the society so as to guarantee equal participation at the level of decision making.
We consider equity and equality as our strong points for good governance. We bring in and ensure gender good principles are respected especially in terms of democratization processes. We take delight and interest in organizing training workshops on elections related aspects and other governance issues affecting human development.
Africa has been plagued with a lot of economic and political problems since independence ranging from famine, poverty, unemployment, population explosion, corruption, embezzlement of public funds, civil wars, dictatorship and post election violence, poor educational system.
The fundamental cause of these problems can be linked to the quest for the control of the limited economic and political resources in the continent. Consequently, political stakeholders due to self serving reasons have in several cases set the masses against each other based especially on ethnic and political diversities.
It can therefore be said that the economic and political predicaments of Africa are largely self conflicted considering the egocentric disposition of the political elite. Politics, being a concentric cycle of unending conspiracies pitches opposing African politicians against each other over the control of economic resources. After all, he who controls the economic resources has political powers. Yet, no one affects his generation without sacrificing his selfish interest and ambition.
However, in a globalized world, the political and economic problems in Africa cannot entirely be blamed on the political elite. For instance, neoclassical and neocolonial philosophies have been applied selfishly by some western powers in their political economic partnerships with African nations. Their desire to see particular politicians and individuals emerge as leaders against the wishes of the masses has often fueled political crisis in the continent which have often escalated to civil unrest. These civil unrests have in most cases resulted to the problems of hunger and malnutrition in children. For instance Cameroon is currently hosting hundreds of thousands of refugees and one of the greatest challenges is on efforts to curb malnutrition and the outbreak of epidemics.
Poverty and ignorance are factors that hinder most people especially the under privilege from going to the hospital for appropriate medical care. The hospitals in themselves live much to be desired as they are lacking in expert personnel and equipment. Even the present personnel most often than not, are unwilling to work with determination hence, both the masses and these personnel need sensitization from the grassroots to the helm and vice versa.
The quest to secure resource bases in Africa by competing global forces has heightened corruption within the continent especially the political elite and this has resulted in the looting of state resources and stashed in foreign financial institutions, corruption at level of public offices is the most annoying due to the level of administrative bottle necks that slows down economic and social growth in the continent, also there is an alarming situation within the educational milieu wherein marks are bought and sold especially at the level of public exams as such success by merit is far reaching.
Also, unemployment and underemployment are prime challenges partly due to the non professionalization of the educational system in Africa, until recently, African educational systems were void of professionalism and although efforts are being made to introduce such, it is more or less slow and weak due to inappropriate and inadequate resources.
For Africa to emerge out of her economic and political challenges, Africans need to rise up to the responsibility of holding their leaders accountable. Leaders must be seen to be working closely with all stakeholders of the various African nations to ensure inclusive leadership and effective management of resources. For, if all a nation has are extortionists and money mongers caring less about the wellbeing of its citizens and the educational system which is the spring board for development in every society then, such a nation has no future.
Separation of powers must be guaranteed and made visible in concrete actions by the Legislature and the Judiciary, yet today the executive continue to clamp and dictate on the course of action of the Legislative and Judiciary powers and so at the end required justice is not met. The rule of law needs to be upheld.
Africa continues to suffer from dictatorship especially from the many sit-tide African presidents who have implanted their elections rigging machineries due to their long stay in power.
Western nations and financial institutions need to put in place measures that will discourage and prevent the looting of the limited resources of the continent. Inclusiveness at all levels is the underlying force for the attainment of the global development agenda. Africa’s political and economic challenges therefore need to be approached first from the angle of an inclusive lens. This will go a long way in reducing the many challenges and give a sense of belonging and patriotism to every citizen within the continent.
Join us let us together build bridges for development.
For women all over the world to fully understand their human rights and enjoy them subject to their obligations, it has to start with men. Men must be made to fully understand the human rights as well as the obligations of women.
If women would have to learn about their human rights clearly spelled out to them by men in sincerity and love, then they will be relieved of the burden of gender inequality because they are now fully supported and protected.