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[afro-nets] New edition: 'Aunties' for sexual health and non-violence: How unwed young mothers become advocates, teachers and counsellors in Cameroon

Some of you know the famous 'Aunties' approach - one of Sub-Saharan Africa's 
most promising models of empowering girls and young women to protect their 
sexual health and rights.

In this new edition, find out about the more recent developments in this 
German-supported programme and its successful campaigns against gender 
inequality and sexual exploitation that put the country’s girls at risk of 
early and unwanted pregnancy and its punishing consequences.

Backed by research, the young women organised in the Aunties' network 'RENATA' 
have also exposed the practice of mutilating or “ironing” the breasts of girls 
(2006) and the high incidence of rape and incest (2009).

The success of the Aunties’ Project has encouraged the Cameroonian government 
to budget for its expansion and leverage further support from other 
international donors.

Overall, the Aunties’ approach continues to be a promising model for empowering 
young women, fighting gender-based violence and contributing to four of the 
eight Millennium Development Goals.

Find out more at:
http://www.german-practice-collection.org/en/successful-programmes/sexual-health-and-rights/aunties-for-sexual-health-and-non-violence-how-unwed-young-mothers-become-advocates-teachers-and-counsellors-in-cameroon

Enjoy the reading and share widely!

Dieter Neuvians MD
mailto:dneuvians@gmx.de

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