- Gender Equality
- Economic Empowerment
Girls Back In School
Education champions the empowerment of women an girls across the world. But hunger, lower social status chores, early marriages, school safety, menstruation and sanitation are all barriers preventing girls and young women from receiving proper education. All4Women implements “Girls Back To School” projects, which may begin with identifying and addressing the unique barriers that keep girls out of school, while at the same time working with boys and men to help identify and address these barriers. We build equitable environments through which girls and young women can learn, thrive and grow.
Communication and access to technology is a fundamental issue of the rights of women and girls across the world. All4Women “SheCodes” initiative aims to empower young girls and women through digital and ICT programs like web development and design, programming, automation and industrial computing. We support technology that opens opportunities for all women and create long-term social and economic impact in local communities in Cameroon. Women and girls spend 90% of their income on their families. We believe that by investing in improving the technological capacities of women and girls, this will give them the opportunity to find financial independency and build their own carriers. This will directly affect their family members and their communities. We design programs that create opportunities for young women and girls to learn new skills sustain their interest in technology and allow them to thrive and excel.
Capacity and Skills Building
We aim to promote employment oriented skills, capacity building and up gradation of training disadvantaged and vulnerable young women in Tailoring, Baking, Catering and Soap making. We focus at creating awareness on the social issues of young women and girls and distribute information, education and communication (IEC) materials to inspire, moral boost and build courage of rural and urban marginalised young women to stand up and fight for their rights and welfare, developing and leading change in their communities. We encourage self employment and offer psychosocial support to disadvantaged young women and girls through our Skills and Capacity Building program.
Menstrual Hygiene and Sexual Reproductive Health
Many young girls and women in local and underserved communities of Cameroon, struggle to find ways to cope with monthly menstrual hygiene. Most of these girls and women either have no access to toilets or are faced with unclean lavatory facilities. Moreover, they usually wait until nighttime before using public toilets or fields, which exposes them to various forms of physical attacks. A majority of rural women in Cameroon employ clothes and rags for feminine hygiene. These materials might expose these vulnerable and disadvantaged young girls and women to reproductive tract infections since it may be difficult for them to keep their used napkins clean and free of harmful bacteria. Washing reusable feminine products with soap and drying them in sunlight may be difficult due to lack of water, private facilities, and cultural taboos associated with menstruation. Our Menstrual Hygiene program combines health education for adolescent girls, providing a regular supply of sanitary napkins and enabling other sanitation measures such as access to water and toilets in schools and in the community through convergence with other programs. Building on existing experience in the country, this scheme also promotes the active participation of women self-help groups in the manufacturing of sanitary napkins. It will not only generate economic livelihood for the people in the villages, but will also promote local demand and distribution at a relatively low cost.
In Cameroon, the prevalence of diabetes in Adults in Urban areas in currently estimated at 6-8%, with much as 80% of the people living with diabetes who are currently undiagnosed in the population. According to data from WHO 2016, about diabetes in Cameroon, the percentage of women with diabetes is higher than the percentage of men. The burden of diabetes in Cameroon is not only higher but it is increasing rapidly, because the people lack education on this dangerous disease and health risked associated to it. Further, Cameroon has the prescription drug and insulin affordability crisis. Our program on Gestational Diabetes Education and Free Blood sugar screening among young pregnant and aspiring mothers in communities and local health centres of Cameroon has as its main goal to, raise awareness and enhance Gestational diabetes early diagnosis in vulnerable and low-income women or pregnant women in Cameroon. This will be reinforced by a regular educational program on Gestational diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure in the community health centers, women organizations, which will be designed by All4Women to be able to reach out to the community and as a result reduce maternal death rate in Cameroon.
The HIV/AIDS and STD Program is to prevent the spread of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), among young women and children in Rural and Urban communities of Cameroon, as well as to reduce the impact of these infections by coordinating countywide education and prevention programs. We work in partnership with individuals, groups, and community-based organizations using a variety of strategies to link education, counseling, and referral services with the health care.
The All4Women Young Women Leadership program connects passionate young female advocates with platforms, people, and resources to amplify their influence on a larger scale. With an emphasis on sexual and reproductive health and rights, Education and Economic Empowerment, All4Women elevates the work of young Girls and women taking a stand for gender equality. Since its inception, the program has worked with 20 young female advocates from around Cameroon who are on the front lines of initiatives to advance gender equality and the health and rights of girls and women.
Advocacy is integral to delivering All4Women’s vision and mission. By implementing a global and coordinated advocacy strategy, All4Women believes that we can multiply the scope of our impact in Young Girls and Women of our communities. We promote to influence the national and international policies that affect the lives of the poorest and most vulnerable communities around Cameroon and the world. All4Women recognizes that women play a pivotal role in the global fight against poverty and our advocacy strongly focuses on gender equality and women’s empowerment. We advocate on the following global advocacy priority areas: Women Education, Health, Peace and Security; Sexual, Reproductive and Maternal Health and Gender Based Violence. All4Women is currently targeting Local and International Organizations to ensure these issues are central to any new framework. Global advocacy is also carried out to respond to humanitarian crises.
Gender Based Violence
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a human rights violation, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. It undermines not only the safety, dignity of women but the overall health status, and human rights of the millions young women and girls in Cameroon who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability, and security of nation. Gender-based violence cuts across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level, and international borders. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. The consequences for individuals, families, communities, and countries are devastating. All4Women sees it as vital to promote the rights of young girls and women and reduce gender-based violence while mitigating its harmful effects on individuals and communities. Unless women, girls, men, and boys fully enjoy their human rights and are free from violence, progress toward development will fall short.
All4Women defines women’s economic empowerment as the process by which women increase their right to economic resources and power to make decisions that benefit themselves, their families and their communities. Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a path for poverty reduction and for equality between men and women in Cameroon. All4Women works to ensure that poor women have access to a full range of suitable and affordable financial services critical to withstand shocks and fulfill their economic and social potential. We empower women to build better livelihoods, earn more income, and create businesses that provide jobs and boost local economies. With improved financial security, other areas of women’s lives also improve: they can afford healthcare, to purchase uniforms for their children, and are more likely to play a leadership role in their communities.
Rebuilding Livelihood after Emergencies
One of the best ways to help Vulnerable and disadvantaged young women get back on their feet after a disaster is to support them to start earning an income. Through our funders, we give small cash grants to young women affected by disasters or crisis so that they can purchase basic supplies, and uses the money to get their livelihood back on track. We also give specific support to rebuild livelihoods such as supporting young women-headed households affected by the North West and South West Crisis in Cameroon (IDPs) to re-start their income-generating activities after haven fled their homes in terror of gunshots.