Liz Lum is a 16-year-old girl affected by the political crisis in Cameroon that has been going on for 4 years. Her family was forced to flee and start life from afresh. She trains adolescent girls on how to make re-usable sanitary pads in the English-speaking regions of Cameroon, helping internally displaced girls who now reside in bushes and do not have access to pads during their menstruation. In these workshops she also discusses issues regarding sexuality and gender inequality and how to best handle them. She also advocates for the provision of emergency pad kits in schools to enable adolescent girls to go to school during their menstrual cycles. At the Beijing 25 Regional Consultation, she had the opportunity to meet the Minister of Women’s Empowerment and the Family for Cameroon and also advocated for the provision of tax free sanitary pads for Cameroonian adolescent girls and young women, which is currently an appeal in progress. In the future, she wants to continue her activities and advocate for the introduction of comprehensive sex education into the school curriculum for elementary, basic and secondary schooling.
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