Battering of women in rural households is one among the many violent and un-dignifying experiences that women face in conjugal life. Most often, this is done in front of the kids who either join their mother to cry, hate their fathers or develop disrespect for their mothers whom ‘daddy’ beats like he does to them (the kids) too. Despite these, the law criminalizing the battering of women in Cameroon to say the least is very poorly enforced especially in rural settings where cases of violence are treated by traditional leaders. Such violence further nurtures fear in young girls keeping them at the voiceless corner when it comes to participation. It is also very traumatizing as kids and teachers have reported significant repercussions on the academic performance of children in school who experience this. At RuWCED, we are raising awareness on these repercussions, doing advocacy and networking to help end these form of violence.
“I have to work all day for my mistress to get a tuber of cassava to feed my kids. We have no land of our own”. Said the woman on this picture.