NADEV have been an Y Care International partner since 2006. They work to improve the socio-economic status of vulnerable women in Cameroon and raise awareness of women’s rights.
Most women in Cameroon have limited opportunities to improve their lives. Widows and single women are especially vulnerable, with many having to provide for themselves and their dependents on less than 60 pence a day.
Widows also often have no voice in decisions affecting their lives, especially issues of inheritance and property. This is due mainly to ignorance but also stigmatization as widows are often accused of witchcraft practices and blamed for their husbands’ deaths. Some widows are exploited by male members of the community, or turn to prostitution, exposing them to the increased risk of HIV/AIDS.