Forum des Femmes Autochtones du Cameroun (Cameroon)

“Indigenous women need to hear their own voices,” says Bouba, the founder of a grassroots group for Mbororo women. In a place where Boko Haram regularly uses girls in suicide bombings, Bouba has her work cut out for her. Mbororo girls are denied an education, forced to marry much older men, and taught that they don’t matter. Bouba’s idea–to create an Indigenous girl-led organization in this far-flung community–has taken off. She has already helped 1,200 girls escape child marriage, access mental health services, and learn to read and write.

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