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Breaking Ground Soccer Team educates others on International Day of Peace

BG soccer teamIt is common to find young girls from the age of 7-22 hawking (selling goods) on the streets in the North of Cameroon during a school day.  This part of the country has many local cultural values that do not actively encourage the education of young women.  Due to the continued prevelance of many patriarchial structures, the place of a woman is often thought to be in more domestic roles, such as in the kitchen.  Some of these women have frusturations with their roles within society, often having limited opportunites.

Our female soccer team in Djohong has been doing a great job in promoting new opportunities and ideas for local girls. This year on the international day of peace, they decided to use this opportunity to educate other girls in their community on the importance of educating a girl child. Recently, on the UN's International Day of Peace, the young women held a soccer game open to other local girls in the community.  In addition to providing the young women with an opportunity to play, the game gave local spectators a chance to see the girls working together and competing.  Following the game, the team gathered with local spectators and educated them on the International Day of Peace.Girls educate their friends after the soccer match

Back in Dschang, our executive director, Paul, had a radio talk in which he educated others on this year's theme, "Together for Peace: Respect, Safety, and Dignity for All."  This year's campaign specifically promotes respect, safety, and dignity for refugees and migrants.  Its aim is to change the negative narratives on immigration and to strengthen the social cohesion between host communities, refugees, and migrants.  It is our goal to use this program to strengthen the socio-economic security of these women and allow them to continue to reside in their communities.

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