Marthe Wandou

Cameroonian lawyer Marthe Wandou (born 1963) is a gender and peace activist. Since the 1990s, she has worked to prevent and combat sexualized violence against children, especially girls, and to care for the survivors of such violence. In 1998, Wandou founded the organization Action Locale pour un Développement Participatif et Autogéré (ALDEPA) and has since been committed to the well-being of girls. The organization's holistic approach includes education, psychosocial support and legal assistance.

Wandou considers psychosocial support a crucial component in overcoming trauma and reintegrating survivors of sexual violence. This plays a particular role in Wandou's work with refugees and internally displaced people as a result of attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram in the High North region of Cameroon. She is the first person from Cameroon to receive the Right Livelihood Award.  

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Feminist development policy – A new beginning?

Feminist development policy – A new beginning?

An Interview by Journalist Jan Rübel

Cameroonian gender and peace activist Marthe Wandou on the role of women and girls in development policy – then and in the future.

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