Marthe Wandou

Awarded 2021

Marthe Wandou, Cameroon

For building a model of community-based child protection in the face of terrorist insurgency and gender-based violence in the Lake Chad region of Cameroon.


  • Learn

    More than half of all women and girls in Cameroon have been victims of some form of sexual violence, a harsh reality that faces even children, especially girls.

    Access to education is often limited, leaving children with few options. Only 40 per cent of girls go to school in the Far North Region of the country.

    The lack of education and opportunities for girls often leads to early marriage and, in 2021, almost 30 per cent of Cameroonian women aged 20 to 24 had been married or in a union before the age of 18.

  • Reflect

    How can we say no to sexual harassment and violence in the spaces we live, work and play?

    How are the rights of women and girls undermined in my society?

  • Act

    Support girls to get an education, which provides them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to make informed decisions about if, when and whom they marry.


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