The NW Regional Delegate of Women’s Empowerment and the Family has called on all perpetrators of gender violence to put an end to it adding that continues efforts must be done by all actors to fight against all forms of violence against women and girls.. Mr Wirba Asan was speaking on November. 25th at the Baptist Center Nkwen while launching the 16 stories for 16 days of activism against Gender Based Violence (GBV) an initiative of the Group for Rehabilitation and Inclusive Development (GRID) Gender of the SEEPD Program .
The objective of the launching was to bring together different stakeholders in gender and disability and raise awareness on the GBV through the 16 stories project, share the stories of women with disability who have experienced GBV and draw lessons on impressions and how to prevent it.
The leader of the GRID Gender Group Mrs Anyangwa Sylvia who is the Program Support Assistant and Gender Focal Point at Plan Cameroon said the objective of the 16 stories is to tell the stories of women and girls with disability in the community which will create awareness on the violence that they go through on daily bases .She call on all community members to rising their voices and shout against GBV
The Coordinator of the GRID Network Dr Louis Mbibeh a Researcher gave a profile of the authors who have been the brain behind the 16 stories. He appreciated the authors, University of Toronto in Canada, the SEEPD Program and the Regional Delegate of MINPROF who worked relentlessly to realize the publication of the stories .He reminded all on the theme of this year’s International Day against GBV which is “ leave no one behind let’s end violence against women and girls .Dr Mbibeh challenged all to read the stories and give feedback to the GRID network adding that hopefully another stories will be written next year He disclosed that the books are not for sale but for free
Review from Mr Bah Tokoh Emmanuel and Nogining Armelle on the book pointed to the fact that the stories are emotional but all ended on a hopeful note .
The launching was characterized by a presentation from the Coordinator of Women’s Health Program in Nkwen who highlighted that Violence against the women affects their health. When violated he said the woman faces physical, psychological traum and limited control over reproduction. According to him it is time everyone say no to GBV
The launching was animated by signing; poems with the message of hope and increase self-esteem for women and girls with disability
As a women with disability herself, Fonda Violet used the launching to call on all to educate children with disability, report cases of GBV to the appropriate quarters and give persons with disability in general the opportunity to take part in different development actions of the society
The Gender and Disability Inclusive Development (DID) group is a Community of Practice of the GRID Network that consists of professionals in the North West Region who are collaborating together as part of their professional development work to address issues related to gender and DID and the gender based violence experienced by women and girls living with disabilities