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NED, Reach Out Empower CSOs To Monitor Human Rights, Promote Peace

Participants brainstorm during session

By Njodzeka Danhatu

Some 16 civic groups from conflict-affected communities in the Northwest and Southwest Regions have been trained on how to carry out Human Rights monitoring, Community awareness, peace building and social cohesion.

The training took place in Buea during a five-day work workshop from June 27 to July 1.

The programme dubbed “Champions at the grassroots: Youth and women promoting peace in the Northwest and Southwest Region” brought together the various associations in the conflict-raged Anglophone Regions dealing with peace and human rights from different perspectives.

The Programme is implemented by Reach Out Cameroon and is funded by the National Endowment for Democracy, NED an organisation that supports freedom around the world.

The participants were drilled on Human Rights Monitoring, Non-Violent Communication and Peacebuilding, Conflict Mitigation in the family and community modules.

According to the Project Manager, Willy Akiumbeni, it is a trainers’ trainee workshop. He said their target is to reach out to 160 peacebuilders and promoters in these Regions.

The overall programme started in May 2022 and will end by April 2023. Willy Akiumbeni believes that the project has equipped the participants with the adequate material and skills to take it to the grassroots level.

“It is a project we are carrying out and this is one of the activities of that project,” he said “we identify 30 groups and selected 16. The second activity was is to train these leaders to train at least 10 persons within their group”

Talking to some participants, they expressed their determination to extend the knowledge gotten to 10 others.

Bea Shadrack Manje is the Meme Divisional President of the association of Persons With Disabilities, MEPEWIDA.

He said at the grassroots level, he will be able to make people understand that peace is a primary goal for a healthy life.

“Peace is not all about talking it here, it comes from the mind,” he said. “if all of us are advocates for peace, we believe that peace is going to return to our country”.

Monica Abone, one of the participants coming from DAREM an NGO that advocates for the rights of vulnerable and Mbororo women said she has gained skills in communication on how to pass the knowledge that can resolve conflict in communities.

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