Cameroon, 12 years
Nominated by WVED Cameroon
Issue: Gender Equality
If the boys can go to school so too can the girls. Red card to gender discrimination, red card to gender-based violence and red card to child labor.
Peace, 12, lives in a rural community in Cameroon. When he was younger, he noticed that girls were discriminated against. This did not seem right to Peace, so he started to fight for the rights of girls, and of children in general, in the face of gender-based violence and child labor. He joined girls’ clubs to encourage girls to believe in themselves. In 2017, he wrote a booklet about gender-based violence and child labor and talked to people to discourage these practices. He is one of the main initiators of the project, Empower Her for a Better Economy, which aims to reduce the number of girls dropping out of school. Within six months, his project, which is building the skills of 200 girls and 40 boys, was able to help two orphaned girls at high risk of dropping out of school. Peace plans to continue with the project and to mobilize even more children to help out.