Women Intact : The Eradication of
Female Circumcision in the Ejagham
communities in Southwest of Cameroon'.
project started since 2001 with the
goal of building a general consensus
in community on the eradication of
FGM. The community believes that FGM
initiates the girls into womanhood,
controls female sexuality, controls
birth rate and conserves the monogamous
status of the women. The programme
involves sensitization meetings, workshops,
community advocacy and mentoring.
Without mention of human rights abuses,
the civic education presents the female
natural genital as best and the immediate
and long-term results of cutting from
the health point of view.
from the Ejagham tribe, we are caught
between the desire to enjoy what we
have acquired as university graduates
and the desire to improve on the lives
of our less privileged mothers and
sisters, who even in poverty could
still afford to smile and laugh very
loudly during our workshops and meetings.
We have been to places we have never
heard of, places not found in the
local map of the area, places we could
hardly believe existed on this surface
of the earth. Places where a girl-child
is wounded by the age of 3 years and
given to marriage before she turns
12 year, like the case of Helen Offiom.
Places we were looked upon as princesses
from a different world, places we
could not be offered even mere water
as a sign of welcome.
Places where you are welcomed by mosquitoes
and snakes that occupy the virgin
forest along the rivers of Munaya
and Cross River that runs across Nigeria.
These are the sorts of places that
ABEMO thought of, for our girls and
women and decided to spend time, talking
in the language we both can understand.
Our girls are turned between pleasures
and pains. Women need healthy lives,
education and happiness, not wounds
and pains. They need to be themselves.
ABEMO is committed to changing the
cultural, social and emotional inequalities
that characterise these communities.
We were on target for 20 villages,
but being in the area for over five
years today, there seem to be more
villages to work in.
five years of community education
and sensitisation on harmful effects
and human rights abuses of FGM, surveillance
data indicate that in 13 settlements
in the region they are many circumcised
young girls who are less than three
years of age.
Settlement in Region
of Sensitization Board in
of FGM performing the special
Sensitization meeting at Mbakem
village Mixed - group.
Sensitization in OTU