Meet Our Partner: ALVF-Cameroon

  • January 6, 2016

Based in the Extreme North region of Cameroon, ALVF works to end all forms of gender-based violence, including child marriage.

In this video, ALVF founder Sike Bille speaks with IWHC President Françoise Girard about how she established ALVF and began her work to end child marriage.

Africa Highlights Campaign to End Child Marriage at Landmark Summit

Africa has the highest rates of child marriage in the world—1 in 3 girls are married before the age of 18—so the issue demands immediate action there.

Meet Our Partner: APAD-Cameroon

  • November 24, 2015

APAD works to prevent child marriage and support survivors so they are able to tell their stories, demand social change, and survive on their own.

Bringing Child Marriage into Focus:
Four Dynamic Women Share their Stories

  • November 20, 2015

A travelogue At the end of October, IWHC brought four inspiring women from northern Cameroon to the United States to participate in Girl Summit DC and to advocate for the U.S. Government to do more to end child marriage. All of the women have been touched by child marriage in some way and are…

Remembering Damaris Mounlom of FESADE, Cameroon

Damaris trained generations of passionate advocates for young people's sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Sexual Health and Rights Conference Tackles Harmful Traditional Practices in Africa

The African Conference on Sexual Health and Rights presents an opportunity to propose strategies to shift the culture of silence on sexual and reproductive health and rights.

Partner: Association pour la Promotion de l’Autonomie et des Droits de la Jeune Fille/Femme (APAD)

  • November 12, 2013

Early and forced marriage is illegal in Cameroon, but economic and social factors allow the tradition to continue. Approximately 36 percent of girls under 18 are married — often against their will. In the extreme north region of the country, the figure jumps to nearly 80 percent.

APAD has trained more than 150 survivors of early and forced marriage to speak out against this practice. In addition, 17 influential traditional leaders have been trained to convince parents of young girls to refrain from marrying them off and insist they remain in school.

Partner: Femmes-Santé-Développement (FESADE)

  • November 12, 2013

In Cameroon, young people’s access to comprehensive sexuality education is low, leaving them vulnerable to unwanted pregnancies, unsafe abortion, and STIs, including HIV. Responding to these concerns, FESADE, founded in 1993, developed an interest in adolescent sexual and reproductive health. FESADE has addressed this hole in young people’s education by developing a peer education program…

Help End Early and Forced Marriage by Supporting the Grassroots

  The numbers are staggering. Every year, 10 million girls under the age of 18 enter early and forced marriages, usually to men much older than they are. By becoming a child bride, a girl gets nearly every odd stacked against her. This epidemic received much-needed attention last month during the first-ever International Day of…

When Girls’ Lives Matter: Ending Early and Forced Marriage in Cameroon

Andrea Lynch, a former IWHC staffer, has authored a report published by the Population Council that looks at child marriage and features the work of our partner the Association for the Struggle Against Violence Against Women (ALVF). IWHC was one of the first major partners of ALVF: in…