Campaign Update

Feedback from the sensitisation and mobilisation Phase of #EmpowerMeDontBlameMe campaign

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Posted May 29, 2017 from Cameroon

It's been very interesting and challenging during the various #empowermedontblameme outreach programs we have had. We were able to get the following feedback from the different campaign strategies used.

A woman says "Thank you COMAGEND for coming to discuss this topic with us. I have now understood my role in educating my children on their SRHR. How I wish I knew this before I won,t be a grandmother at the age of 35"

A man regrets his actions on his wife and daughter when he says " i am very sorry for myself. I had a misunderstanding with my wife for sending our 8 years old daughter to go and buy sanitary napkins which she dressed herself with in front of her. I accused my wife of being careless and initiating our daughter in 'Big People affair'"

Many participants confessed that they were not aware that parents have a role to play since there is the school and church to do all that.

After projecting and sharing our documentary video a woman and her daughter came to our office to say we are grateful for the video because it has improve our relationship as mother and daughter. The girl said 'i thought my mother was deceiving me about certain things but the way Michael destroyed Ashley because of video because of biscuits and soft drinks I understand better now"

We have started the radio slot and after a slot we received more than 78 SMS from listeners. We realize that questions come in from young people between the ages of 14-25 years and where centered around coping with relationship pressures (parents and children or boy and girl). A listener appreciates the program saying "Good morning Big sis. Listening to your program this morning gave me hope because I was so confused on what to do with the pressures I have from. I was planning to isolate myself but when you gave your number for us to contact you off the air I was certain I have found a friend to confide in. When can we meet and discuss the problem I have?"

These are some of the feedback for now from the field. Considering the stigma and taboo that surrounds this area of SRHR it is proving difficult for us to get contributions from others on social media or have victims share their experience.

We really need you to join us in #empowermedontblameme campaign this week by sharing an experience on this issue or providing tips to break the barriers surrounding this topic

How many people have you impacted since your last update?

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Tamarack Verrall
May 30, 2017
May 30, 2017

Dear Sally,

This is absolutely amazing, the difference that you are making in the lives of so many girls and women, also that man who was able to openly admit his regret at past actions (!). The video is powerful, and you have given a good reminder that reaching out by radio also is so important, as it reaches such a wider audience and allows for call-ins, obviously effective given some of the responses you shared here. You have touched and strengthened so many women and girls. Congratulations on your fine work. You are surely creating pathways to different lives.

In Sisterhood,

Tam

Sally maforchi Mboumien
May 30, 2017
May 30, 2017

Tam dear thank you for those kind words they are very encouraging. Yes the radio reaches a wider audience that is why we are continuing with our talk show. We get a lot of feedback from SMS sent and calls made during the program.

Nnenna Hannah okoh-Metu
Mar 26, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Weldone sally,continue in your fight,we shall overcome

chimdirimebere
Mar 26, 2018
Mar 26, 2018

Sally dear, what a great job you are doing with the parents and the adolescents! We as parents have failed in our responsibility towards our children in this regard.  We still see it as a taboo discussing such important and life saving topics with our children.  I am plan to follow your footsteps in educating especially the youths.  More grease to your elbow, Sally.  Good luck.

Chimdirimebere

Bim Adegbite
Mar 27, 2018
Mar 27, 2018

Awesome work!!! Sally these are bold moves and bold moves are most time resisted especially when so much stigma is associated to issues. The more we talk about it and are vulnerable about our experiences the less shamed others feel. 

I think getting more women who have moved beyond shame and judgement to continue to tell and document their stories will encourage others to step forward. Maybe promoting more audio sharing than video will create some level of anonymity and safety originally and educating on the power of sharing for healing can help in gain more contribution.

So proud of the work you are doing.  It is relevant and significant.

Clodine Mbuli Shei
Mar 29, 2018
Mar 29, 2018

Dear Senoir,

Great work there, wonderful feedback and perfect approach to get the family on board. Thank you for spearheading this course. Will happily join your team to get many more people sensitised. Courage Sister 

Phionah Musumba
Apr 12, 2018
Apr 12, 2018

Sad that more often than not, the victim is always blamed.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 25, 2018

Sally, you are amazing on what you do! I love reading the feedback from your recipients. The campaign you began is making a difference to women's lives. It is even improving relationships! Wow! Kudos to you and your team. May you expand your campaigns and networks.