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My Journey As A Young Woman Change Maker

I am a young woman change maker in my early 20s. While growing up I wanted to be a teacher or a lawyer after my first degree. After completing high school I enrolled into the faculty of law at the Douala University for a year, but dropped due to lack of a sponsor. I started as a volunteer peer educator for a non-profit organization called Adele Reproductive Health Foundation, which promotes reproductive healthcare and rights, for women in underserved communities. For the last three years I had devoted my time to educate women and girls on hygienic care and environment, increase access to birth control for low income families, and bringing affordable reproductive health and family planning information to in-school students. On regular basis I organize campaigns to raise awareness on improve access to long-acting and permanent methods (LA/PMs) of contraception.

Today, my work as a volunteer health coordinator with Adele Reproductive Health Foundation is striving to raise awareness about abuse issues in local communities. My work targets abused children, especially girls and young mothers who are abused in one way or the other. I see this important because in my community boys are valued more than girls. The consequences of abused are schooling cut short; early pregnancies and hazardous births. The risk has grown to include HIV at an age when girls do not grasp the risks of AIDS.
My new project involves bringing reproductive health and family planning information into local schools, colleges, universities (public & private) through the distribution of family planning handbooks, which are produced and shipped to the project by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health/Center for Communication Programs, USA. Through this, I mentor in-school students to be classroom peer educators. With this new initiative, I started looking for opportunities and a space where I could bring and share my story and work. I found World Pulse as the venue. This also inspired me to apply for Voices of Our Future. My journey as a young woman change maker working with women and girls fits well with my personal vision of “working to see equal opportunities for all including young women in underserved communities”.

Comments

katyrdz's picture

Good job

Hi, I want to congratulate you for the great job you are doing in your community! It's really impresive, I'm glad you didn't gave up after not being able to continue in school but instead focused on helping young women and children.

icyscartlet's picture

Thank You

I appreciate you kind comment Katyrdz. I believe this encouragement will continue to spur me to work harder.

Thank you again and stay blessed

Icy

NPL

Ennygirl's picture

Right Step

I appreciate your effort of not giving up in spite of not finding sponsor, if you have given up, you wouldn't have been where you are, I hope other female counterpart out there will always be focus in achieving their goals

SAA

judithavory's picture

Small World

It's always cool to hear about little connections--the Bloomberg School that produces your handbooks is just a few blocks from my house, and we often use their students as interns. The work you're doing sounds amazing, and I'm glad that you're able to do such desperately-needed work despite your first attempt at law school falling through. I wish you the very best of luck in finding another sponsor. The legal profession needs more of us who are focused on human rights!

Avory

icyscartlet's picture

Staying Positive

Hello Avory,

Great to learn that Bloomberg School is just a few blocks from your house. I hope one day I might have the connection or opportunity to come as an intern. I have interest in human rights work and this perharps explain why I am promoting reproductive health and rights for women and girls in local communities in my country.

It was great reading from you.

Regards

Icy

NPL

Yenly Thach's picture

Is Needed!

What you are doing, is amazing. Through volunteering at your local community and making a difference in other women lives is a gift and rewarding. Your work changes a lot of lives even though you might not see it at the moment. However, with times, you'll see that your work have impacted other girls and women in your community! This is the rewarding part! Keep up the great work and continue to strive for your goals and dreams.

Yenly Thach

Nusrat Ara's picture

You are doing some amazing

You are doing some amazing work. Keep going and don't forget to share your voice with us.

Love

Nusrat

Noriah Ismail's picture

A great and Selfless Contribution

Your work and selfless effort are inspirational to others.

You can drive and provide some momentum for other women to do the same!

Dr.Noriah Ismail
Senior Lecturer
Academy of Language Studies
UiTM Segamat Johor
Malaysia

Rebecca Lerner's picture

Outstanding

IcyScartlet,

Thank you for writing this outstanding entry. Your personal story is inspiring and the work you are now doing is much-needed. I'm glad you found World Pulse and are sharing your story with us. I appreciated the context you gave in explaining the significance of educating girls in Cameroon about family planning and reproductive health.

All the best,

Rebecca

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