Women for change 2014: Adamou Hawaou / Cameroon

«Protecting girls by defending their rights and helping them find their rightful place in society»

In the political capital of Cameroon, the plight of girls is shocking to those who uphold and believe in the notion of gender equality.




The concept: Successively exploited by their parents, husbands and in-laws, girls have no choice but to work and have children. With no access to education, they sacrifice their lives for the benefit of their brothers and husbands. They suffer physical abuse linked to work and are forced into marriage. They must be taught that - alongside men - they can play a wider role in the family and the community as a whole.

The aim of the project: A number of initiatives have already been put in place to facilitate access to education for girls under age 13 living in the Briqueterie neighbourhood in Yaoundé. The aim is to extend this project (3-year school program) to other neighbourhoods in the city as well as reaching out to girls aged 6 -15 who are experiencing the same problems as girls living the Briqueterie neighbourhood.
At the same time, it is necessary to inform and raise awareness as well as convince parents, community and religious leaders and teachers by providing information about sexuality and its consequences for children, the physical and psychological injury linked to early marriage and the importance of economic independence for women.
It will be necessary to organise meetings, public events, documents and TV ads to reach out to these 2,000 individuals.

The future: 6,400 young girls from the Yaoundé II area will receive an education giving them a chance to plan for the future in the same way as their male counterparts. Indirectly, the 450,000 residents of this area of Yaoundé could learn how to give women their rightful place in society.

Name of the NGO: Association des Femmes Haoussa pour le Développement (AFHADEV)

Project beneficiaries: several thousand young girls living in Yaoundé II.


Women for Change, Thank you for your support!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum are proud to present the Women for Change award, which honours women who are committed to helping their sisters in Africa.

From 15 September to 15 October, people voted online for one of the five women. The winner will receive funding from the Orange Foundation to support her project.

The project of Mariama Moussa (Niger), received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. The results of the vote were announced during the opening dinner at the Women’s Forum, on October 15th.
The participants to this dinner had also their chance to vote and granted a second award of 25 000 euros to Noushka Teixeira (DRC).

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