'Aunties' for sexual health and non-violence: How unwed young mothers become advocates, teachers and counsellors in Cameroon
Approach developed by Flavien N’donko
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Long version - English (40 pp. 2.2 MB)
Short version - English (4 pp. 1.4 MB)
Long version - French (40 pp. 1.4 MB)
Short version - French (8 pp. 960 kB)
Short version - Spanish (5 pp. 2.2 MB)
Short version - German (4 pp. 473 kB)
(english, french, pidgin, foufouldé)
The Aunties Programme empowers young mothers who got pregnant in their teens to reach into their villages or urban neighbourhoods in order to provide adolescents with sex education and counselling on sexual and reproductive health.
This publication concludes that the Aunties’ approach is transferable to other countries with traditions and contemporary situations not unlike those found in Cameroon. This approach is a good example of capacity development in that it enables young women at risk of marginalization to connect and support each other, locally and nationwide, and to shape their own futures. It has the potential to make significant contributions toward four of the eight inter-related Millennium Development Goals: gender equality and empowerment of women, reduction in child mortality, improvement of maternal health, and reduced infection and harm by HIV and other diseases.