WOMEN EMPOWERMENT

LUCY FUL
Posted April 22, 2013 from Cameroon
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Thank you for the opportunity given to me at World pulse so that women around the world can know what is happening to their fellow women in various communities. Education is like given a girl money to buy something from a shop, it is very important for everybody in the community to be educated as I will say among the big 5 five factors of poverty education is the first. I come from a community where many people needs to travel 5 miles a day before attending school and five miles back from school. It is also where the main activity is farming. Many women wish to go to school but are always face with one barrier or the other. In my community, some girls at do attend primary school because of the distance and the narrow road. Some parents do not want their girl children to attend school because they will say when they get married the will become the property of their husbands and all the money that they will be working will be spend in the family of their husbands. Some fathers say it’s a waste of money to educate a girl child so they prefer to marry more women, drink palm wine etc. Some fathers as they go for young girls to marry they also keep their children for other men and its like an exchange “you give me your daughter and I give you mine” In some cases the death of a parent may cause a girl child to drop out of school as family members will prefer the boy to attend school. When some girls manage to complete primary school, they are taken to other towns to work as house helps and baby sitters at times are been raped by older boys in the house or their mistress’ husbands. Generally girls face the problem of sexual harassment, rape, undersupply of school needs, peer pressure etc. All these have made young girls to drop out of school, those who did not even had the opportunity to attend school couple to their are ignorant about a lot of things. Some women are timid amongst their folk. Some when they get married and are not well treated the run and move to big towns and end up being prostitutes. Those who get married to very older people after a short time are widows. Some women as young as 13years at times die during child birth. Most often some end up into criminal acts that they might end up in jail. Some do not know basic hygiene how to take care of their selves , homes, babies etc. some do not even have a trade or any thing to sell or make money. We have been talking to parents through workshops about the importance of education for both sexes and campaigning again early marriages giving them the disadvantages. We have organize radio programs, visit social groups and talk to parents at times even talk to the young girls.

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Khaiwana
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

Love the good work that you are doing to educate the masses. Parents are key stakeholders in this business. I can agree with you that its a very hard task trying to re- educate people about cultural issues.

Keep up the good work and the writing.

LUCY FUL
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

With join efforts the work will be done, thx khaiwana

Phionah Musumba
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

An empowered woman means an empowered society!

LUCY FUL
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

phionah you are just correct

Rhobai
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

For us to set good example and prepare the new generation very well, we need to work together and get out what already is there. Lets say, maybe culture - that girls are only prepared for marriage and that their parents can benefit from their dowry. According to me, education is the key to life and that an educated woman earns alot for the family, be it respect, wealth, etc. Lets educate our girls!!

Rhobai[email protected]

LUCY FUL
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

Thanks dear

Woman of voice
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

Great job, especially with the radio programme. You are sure to reach many, many parents and communities that way. Keep it up

LUCY FUL
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

thanks

loretta
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

It's a wonderful idea to spread the gospel, far and wide. Make it a play or something a narrated and enacted story. That would be broadcast in episodes, it draws attention more and builds anticipation to know what's next, in the meantime the message get's absorbed.

I applaud your effort thou, even the workshops. Keep going, God bless you.

LUCY FUL
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

YOUR IDEAS ARE WONDERFUL, THX DEAR SIS

Adahmbah
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Sister, we need to continue until we are gone.More girls and women need to be educated in Cameroon, so as to bring the change which we need. Keep up Adah

LUCY FUL
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

YOU ARE RIGHT SO LET PUT OUR HEADS TOGETHER

PeopleWeaver
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 23, 2013

Lucy,

Again what you write is informative with many very good points. You give a good overall idea of the problems and suggest ways to help solve these problems. Do you work with an organization or group of local people?

By the way - my granddaughter's name is Lucy. :-)

Jeanne

LUCY FUL
May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013

Thank you, I work with a non profit association(Community Volunteer Center with its mission to empower people and communities in situations of poverty, illiteracy, disease and social injustice through volunteering.) in my Organization we work with local groups in communities through different programs. I am sure your grand mother is a lovely woman? Extend my greetings to her.

Precious Nkeih
Apr 24, 2013
Apr 24, 2013

Dear Sis,

We need more schools in every village, as close to the children as possible. What puzzles me is the fact that there are bars where people drink beer even in the most remote parts of the country. Yet there are no schools! We need to set our priorities right! Thanks for sharing.

Love Precious

LUCY FUL
May 06, 2013
May 06, 2013

You are right my dear but we expect the policy makers to look in to that. I think we are the ones to trickle them up