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[16days_discussion] At Women Day in Cameroon, Men on High Heel Steal Show

Mr.Bamenda Organisation mr_bamenda at
Fri Mar 16 05:09:17 EDT 2012

A Common

Flat 5,
NWCA Building

     Commercial Avenue, Bamenda

     P O Box 747 Mnakon-Bamenda

        North West Region, Cameroon 

           Email: acommonfuture1 at


Cell 237 77 85 24 76


in Women’s Shoes March on International Day of the Woman to protest 
Rape, Sexual Assault and Gender Violence in Society.

        Men in Women's Shoes

In a bid to show solidarity for women in Cameroon and to mobilize men to
violence against women, A Common Future organization mobilized men in 
the North
West Region of Cameroon last March 08, 2012, which was the International
for the women to walk a km on women's high-heeled shoes  at Commercial

A Common Future's immediate action  was in urging men to take time off 
March 08,2012 to walk a mile in women's shoes to feel the pinch of 
violence. And those who marched felt it: ‘Now I really see what women 
through’, says Derick Chuo, President of the Bamenda Roller Skaters 
and participant at the event. ‘I can now respect my mother, I never know
difficult and challenging it is for women to move on high heeled shoes’,
Divine, a participant at the march. This walk was A Common Future's own
response to the UN Secretary General's call to men to be committed to 
violence especially domestic violence against women. The objective of 
the march
was to raise awareness and funds in an effort to curb the rate of 
violence on women and child theft in Cameroon hospitals as well as 
with Vanessa Tchachuoa, the young girl whose child was stolen recently 
in a Yaoundé

The men in women's shoes walkathon builds on the initial effort of ‘Walk
 A Mile
in Her Shoes’ and the old saying that 'You can't really understand 
person's experience until you've put on her shoes to know where it 
That is why men were asked to show commitment to ending violence against
by putting on a pair of high heeled shoes last March 08,2012 and join  A
Common Future to walk a mile with the more than 50 women groups that 
turned out
for the event at the Bamenda Commercial Avenue. ‘I am deeply surprised 
excited with your level of commitment’, says Judith Abong, NorthWest 
Delegate for Women Empoerment and the Family, after the march. By doing 
this we
are all going to help end violence against women in this region noted 
for its
aggressive culture toward women. We seek partnership and collaboration 
with the
Roller Skaters Association and Vegas Family Foundation for the event. 
Family Foundation proudly provided the shoes and transportation to and 
fro the
event site.  We would want to reach out
to other foundations and individuals for the upcoming Brides March and 
Men’s walkathon
in November for the 16 Days of Activism. 

In addition to empowering women and girls to protect themselves, A 
Future's activities in the coming years will address sources and 
of violence whether actual or potential. This requires hands-on 
engagement with
men and boys to help shift attitudes about the use of violence and 
empower men
as responsible agents of social change. Through this kind of outreach, 
societal norms can be challenged and a healthier construction of 
which does not subjugate women-can be created.

A Common Future recognizes that while 
remain the primary perpetrators of violence against women, they also 
need to be
central to the solution to ending it, as Ban Ki Moon, UNSG declared at 
launch of a Network of Men Leaders in 2009. After the walkathon, a men's
programme with the objective of carrying out intensive gender-sensitive
training for men shall be launched. Role model and mentorship programmes
boys in schools and colleges as well as engaging men in community 
development issues
that include sexual and reproductive health and climate change 
programmes shall
be intensified. 

Created in 2007, A Common Future works with men and women in ending 
against women, girls and children, by proposing alternative models of 
that are not necessarily in opposition to models of femininity and that 
men and women as well as boys and girls to share love, decision making 
and reproductive
health responsibilities.

For further information and for a complete plan of activities and others
our website at You can also contact 
Gwain Colbert and 
Dountio Saadeo
Relindis through numbers plus 237 77 85 24 76 or plus 237 70 100 881 or 
acommonfuture1 at   

Gwain Colbert Fulai 

P.O. Box 747 Mankon, Bamenda.

Tel (237)7852476

E-mail mr_bamenda at
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