WORLD AIDS DAY 2017. THEME: ” increasing Impact through transparency, accountability and through partnerships”

# World AIDS Day

The AIDS disease is all around the world though the percentage varies across geographical areas. However, it comes about as a result of a maturity in the HIV virus in the human system. At this stage it can’t be treated but getting diagnosed enables you know your status and as such, if HIV/AIDS positive, you could start up with treatment. HIV/AIDS is no longer a myth. since one of it’s dominant way of transmition is through sexual intercourse, my advice in that we use preventive measures such as the use of condoms during sexual intercourse.
#GET TASTED AND KNOW YOUR STATUS
#PREVENT HIV/AIDS
#TOGETHER LET’S BID FAREWELL TO THIS DREADFUL DISEASE

19th November: World Toilet Day. Theme: Wastewater

There are a whole lot of people around the world who do not own or have access to good toilets.Because urinating and defecating remains a natural phenomenon, people are often found disposing this waste any where. However, this waste remains so dangerous to human health. According to the UN, Poor sanitation is the number one cause of world leading diseases especially for humans and most especially women and children. Women stand the chance of picking up Syphilis and gonorrhea from contaminated toilet systems. it is to this that the UN general assembly in 2013 declared 19th of November as World Toilet Day. Thanks to CHAMEG Cameroon and NGO where i volunteer, I was able to organize a clean up Campaign on the eve, and celebrated this day with Parent’s Mountain School Buea (PMS)

SANITATION
urinary

INTERNATIONAL AUDIOVISUAL HERITAGE DAY (Theme: Discover, Share, and Remember)

Today, with the availability and accessibility of devices such as cell phones, video and audio recorders, people can take a good number of pictures, records and videos a day, or over time(DISCOVER). Having had these pictures, we are at times ready to share them through various social media such as; WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram (SHARE). if this is not done, we keep them so as to keep records of happenings or memories (REMEMBER).
The media has assisted women and girls in several ways.
it has reduced poverty: women now snap their home made products and SHARE or Market them on the social media. Illiteracy rates among women and children have been reduced through distant learning and didactic videos, sensitization had been done concerning key issues through audios and videos. As a whole, the entire world now enjoy movies, and the print media through the aid of audio visual mechanisms.
Despite its advantages, it is sad to know that the “SHARING” aspect of audiovisuals has presented women as sex objects (pornography), and hence portraying how miserable and indecisiveness women are . Again, my observation has had it that there are more nudes on the social media that relates women than men. This implies women and girls ought to be cautious on what the publish on they social media. Positive change doesn’t come with a a negative mind set.

#ladies build your self esteem by going for what is right.
#Happy audiovisual Heritage Day to all.

TEENAGE PREGNANCY IN CAMEROON

Langham,2015 defines teenage pregnancy as an unintended pregnancy during adolescence. Each year, in the Cameroonian context, thousands of teenagers (15-19 years) get pregnant. what i don’t know is if they knew they will get pregnant before daring into the act of sex. Reasons accountable for teenage pregnancy go beyond poverty. there also exist factors like:
* Peer pressure: often, teens are influenced by their friends to have unprotected sex as an option, though they some time take this option for fear of rejection within the peer

*Poor parental attention: sex education is a far fetched idea within Cameroonian families. As a result, children are left at the mercy of friends who claim to know it all. The lack of parental guidance and support has influenced the the constant increase of teenage mothers.

*Cultural and societal influences: Since Cameroonians glorify motherhood, in some communities, getting pregnant at a certain age speaks good about the lady. for example in the Muslim societies of Northern Cameroon, it is rare to find a lady who is unmarried and is above 18 years. As such, others grow up to copy the pattern and the cycle continues.

*Youthful naivety: some times, teens do not carefully understand the dynamics that exist as relates biological and emotional aspects attached to sex. Teens have wrong teachings from friends and peers, watch videos and read books which convey wrong information about managing the unsafe days. Lack of knowledge, influences these teens to result in wrong and irresponsible decisions. “Knowledge id Power”

*Rape: This refers to sex without arriving at a consensus between both partners, and is a strong factor accountable for teenage pregnancy.

BREAKING THE SYNDROME OF RAPE FROM OUR SOCIETIES

Girls around the world and Cameroon particularly  suffer rape from direct family members, friends , intimate partners, and strangers. Consequently, the victims are exposed to societal stigmatization and rejection. Also, victims run a risk of contracting STDS. Unfortunately, these victims become less self confident in taking action and are rejected. Because of threats, lark of self worth and fear for stigmatization, victims hardly report these cases or break the silence. often, I think rape occurs because of the sexual objectification of girls and women,the  societal stereotypes that  regard girls as inferior to men, vulnerable, weak and less defensive.

Today therefore, thanks to Gender Empowerment and Development (GeED) in collaboration with HEforSHE, I advocate for the rights of the girl child by condemning rape in all it’s forms, through the inclusion of boys and men in the fight against rape. Family members friends and love ones should engage in this fight by abolishing the blame the victim approach, punish perpetrators. By so doing, we will promote a peaceful and inclusive society for sustainable development.

#SPEAK OUT

HEALTH: A CRUCIAL DETERMINANT FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

#sharing the power

As the saying goes, health is wealth. A factor in the sustainability of a future generation, is the health of today’s youthful population. In low-income communities, the long-term health of the youth is affected by behaviours and activities that are deleterious to their health., such as: excessive consumption of alcohol, cigarette smoking, consumption of marijuana, sexual promiscuity, and so forth. These ills result from peer pressure, juvenile delinquency, and, more increasingly, the influence of the Internet.

It is necessary that we, each in our own little way, reach out to the “endangered” segment of our community, offer guidance and sensitise them to the consequences of the choices that they make. In that light, I am grateful to the Roots for Kids Foundation (which is an orphanage in Buea) and CHAMEG Cameroon, for giving me the oportunity to meet and talk to pre-teens and teenagers on matters of healthy life-style practices. I look forward for many more of such activities.