This month’s Human Rights Profile is Marthe Wandou.
We think we are small, but now we are known worldwide. It’s visibility, but also recognition and support to girls’ and women’s rights. Since the situation in my region is more known now, I’m sure more people will be interested in learning and helping more. – Marthe Wandou.
Marthe Wandou is renowned Cameroonian gender and peace activist, who has been working towards eradicating sexual violence against children, particularly girls, since the 1990s. She was awarded the Right Livelihood Award in 2019 for her tireless work defending the rights of local girls and women.
“courageous work in fighting sexual violence and promoting the wellbeing of girls and women in Cameroon and the Lake Chad Basin.”
Despite the challenging context of harmful cultural practices and insecurity, Marthe Wandou has emerged as a courageous leader in fighting sexual violence and promoting the wellbeing of girls and women in Cameroon and the Lake Chad Basin.
The Right Livelihood Award, also known as the “Alternative Nobel Prize,” is awarded annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to social justice, environmental sustainability, and peace. Wandou was recognized with the award in 2019 for her “courageous efforts to protect the environment and human rights in the face of corporate greed and state violence.”
Marthe Wandou’s work is an inspiration to activists around the world who are fighting for the rights of marginalized communities and the protection of the environment. Her dedication and courage in the face of adversity serve as a reminder of the power of grassroots activism to bring about meaningful change
On 9 May, Marthe will be in Lund where she will hold a lecture. More information tbc.
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