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Call To Action: Sign the Petition Say No to the Payment of Dowry and Bride Price!


The dowry system is a shame and should be abolished in Cameroon. Bride price gives the parents the authority to 'sell' their daughters, reinforcing the myth that girls and women are property." women are not for sale". With the high demands from parents many women and men are deprived from getting married. With the high rate of unemployment they can’t afford paying the exorbitant prices and demands. The women are exposes to many societal ills and are the most
vulnerable. Modalities and laws must be instituted by government authorities to regulate the functioning of bride price, if it has to re-exist at all. Bride price is a hindrance to a healthy marriage institution. Women need to face their traditions for a better woman world and Say NO to Bride Price.

Bride Price reduces women to the status of chattel or property and exposes them to all sorts of abuse, widow inheritance and the risk of HIV infection.Many young men who cannot afford Bride Price simply co-habit. This makes them forfeit many rights and entitlements, which can be particularly detrimental for already disadvantaged and vulnerable women.The promise of Bride Price encourages parents to force young girls out of school in order to be married off for Bride Price. This discriminates against girls in education.

The mothers of the brides are ridiculed to the background when the traditional rites are performed. The dowry collection is carried out by uncles, in-laws and the bride’s fathers. The mothers are not given any token of appreciation as it called, when they have been the ones responsible for the well being of their children. The essence of the bride price is to make a woman submissive and powerless. It is a shame and should be abolished.

Sign the Petition Say No to the Payment of Dowry and Bride Price!




Debra K Adams MA's picture

good work!

thanks for sharing this Adah!

Just think, if everyone in our VOF community would like the facebook page, sign the 2 petitions, and then share with their connections, this could go VIRAL!!

I did all 3, I want to see it spread for you! Go SiSter Adah!




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Adahmbah's picture

woman of change! keep the Race

“There is no fear in change. But perfect change drives out fear”
Never give up on a change you really want for your community. It may be difficult to succeed, but it's more difficult to regret you're not part of that change. Say No to the Payment of Dowry and Bride Price!

I say no for this practice, we are all human being and we are all created by God. We need Justice!

THERESE( Maman Shujaa, Drc)

Adahmbah's picture

Strong Vioce

I agree my sister sign the petition for the fight for equality and a restruction of our traditional systems in Africa.

chei marvel's picture


the most annoying part of dowry is that when the men pay huge sums of money as bride price, they think they have the right to treat the woman however they want to. this therefore goes a long way to retard an end to violence against women. some traditions heavily exaggerate this and sell out their daughters. together we can start up a campaign to regulate this practice


Adahmbah's picture

Ture talk

Thanks my dear for that powerfull insight and contribution.please take alook around and see what you can add to change our community;
Lots oe love

Adahmbah's picture

start up a campaign

Together we can start up a campaign to regulate this practice
Thats beautiful, i love that..Women take action and be the change.
Thanks sister

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