My thoughts and beliefs can benefit others

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Posted February 18, 2017 from Cameroon
Working with girls. Courtesy of COMAGEND archives

After morning assembly that fateful Monday, I went to class disturbed. I couldn’t help but wonder what future awaited the two girls expelled from school because they were pregnant. As I taught that morning's lessons, I digressed a little to discuss the issue with my students of form five. Following a heated argument to decide who is to blame for the situation, I came to the conclusion that it is ignorance on the part of the parents, girls and the community as a whole. My adolescent days came back to me clearly since it was no different from the present situation. When I was the same age as those two girls, I had a crude abortion because I didn’t want to suffer the consequences of being expelled. I got pregnant because I didn’t have any knowledge about my sexuality and reproductive health. I imagined the situation was the same with these victims.

At this juncture, one thought was pressing on my mind: creating a forum for girls and young people in general to get information on their sexuality and how to cope with the pressures it brings. For more than 17 years after my crude abortion, I have been thinking that educating the young about their sexuality will greatly help to reduce their challenges. I realized that empowering girls with knowledge about their sexuality and how to manage it was the solution to unwanted pregnancy, abortion and school dropout. Amazingly when I started working with a few girls, counseling them and providing them with unbiased knowledge, I was proven right. This experience has given me the zeal to empower every girl I meet and I will continue this work until all girls in my community are empowered with this knowledge.

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jlanghus
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 18, 2017

Hi Sally. Thanks for sharing your article and for educating girls. I'm glad to hear that you have started forums in your community to educate girls so they are aware of their sexuality and reproductive health. I do wish, though, that the parents and boys would be educated as well. I don't think it should be the sole responsibility of the girls. Is their any hope or plan for that there?

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Feb 21, 2017
Feb 21, 2017

hello sis, thanks for following me closely. yes i have plans to include all as time goes by

jlanghus
Feb 22, 2017
Feb 22, 2017

You're welcome:) Awesome. Good to hear. Have a great day.

Anne D.
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 18, 2017

You’re doing great work, Sally. Sexuality is a difficult subject. Most people have a hard time talking about it. But you’re so right that it’s important to educate your students and empower them. Your commitment is inspiring!

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Feb 21, 2017
Feb 21, 2017

thanks Anne for those encouraging words

Hadebe16
Feb 18, 2017
Feb 18, 2017

A difficult subject Sally no one in the home or community wants to discuss or educate young people about even the basics of sexuality reproductive health I believe the awareness would go a long way to protecting most of our young people's health Both boys and girls So lets start educting and raising awareness

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Feb 21, 2017
Feb 21, 2017

yes let us start now sis

Natasha L
Mar 23, 2017
Mar 23, 2017

Dear Sally -  You are overcoming taboos and using your empowered voice to counsel girls and provide them with unbiased knowledge. Bravo on your experiment to use your truth to see the truth of the situation!  I am so impressed with your zeal to empower every girl you meet. And I know you will not stop there - I know you will continue by giving knowledge and awareness to boys and parents too - so that it is the responsibility of all in society to protect and support girls to be able to choose their sexual activity and choose their pregnancies without shame or pressure.  This will bring freedom and opportunity for members of your community to have the future they desire.  Keep going!  Keep writing!  Keep speaking!

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Mar 23, 2017
Mar 23, 2017

Natasha dear I am happy you are catching the bigger picture of my dream. My desire is to eventually get everyone involved in this issue. My voice must be heard and my community get the change i dream of