50 years down the lane women and girls still suffer violence in Cameroon; LUKMEF during its community sensitization activities took the campaign to end violence to strategic areas of the communities; schools, media houses, churches, and community meetings.
The awareness in school was focused on female students who are considered most vulnerable in the school milieu. Schools visited included Summerset Bilingual College, Government High School Bokwango, Government Technical High School Molyko, Pan African Institute for development West Africa and University of Buea with Association for the Empowerment of the Cameroonian Woman (AISCAW) and the Law society actively involved and students sensitized on the importance of living in a violent free society.
The outcome of the awareness campaign in schools was the creation of the Human Right Clubs and the HeForShe campaign which saw the registration of 192 students.
Taking the campaign out of schools, the LUKMEF team reached other community groups including Sandpit and Street Eight Bike Riders Union Buea and the Buea Women’s forum made up of more than 50 different women’s groups. These groups were sensitized on the different forms of violence and how they could be prevented. Some Bike Riders acknowledged to have been ignorantly violent but promised to stand for women and girls Nonviolence and participate in the HeForShe campaign.
As a move to reach a wider audience, sensitization campaigns were taken to media houses like; Cameroon Radio and Television (CRTV) Buea Regional Station, Hi TV, Media Afrique Radio, the Advocate newspaper and Radio Bonakanda which covers the South West region of Cameroon. Talks were centred on multi-sectorial services available to help survivors of violence, the different forms of violence and consequences. The community was also informed of the Ops4Women app which was introduced to facilitate GBV reporting. The media was used to target especially women, men and girls in the remote areas who are usually inclined to some harmful cultural practices such as female genital mutilation (FGM), breast ironing, forced labour, early marriages amongst others.