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Jude Thaddues Njikem

Community Centre for Integrated...
Joined October 2016
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Economic Empowerment, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Peace-building
My story as a young leader is one which inspires and encourages other young people, especially young men to take a leadership position towards advocating for an end to gGender inequalities. I am a secondary school teacher but have been motivated to establish and lead advocacy campaigns and implement community-based projects aimed at ending inequalities that girls face in communities with a particular focus on inequalities that take girls away from schools, increases the risk of girls to HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancies, poverty and abandonment. My engagement in these activities started when I was in High School; I started the first ever students Human Rights Club in my high school called "Youth for Equality" aimed at sensitizing students on their rights and responsibilities. When I left teacher's training college and started teaching in a rural community, I observed that many girls left school and never returned for reasons I later on investigated and found to be related to teenage pregnancies, poor hygiene and sanitation, lack of sexuality education and a handful of girls were forced off to marriages. I decided to inspire and take up the action to create change. So in 2010, I started training peer educators to work with schools on organizing extra-curricular activities with a focus on rights of girls (ending inequalities and violence), raise community awareness of the right of girls to education while advocating for an end to child, early and forced marriages. In my years of working in communities, I have combined both Community Service and Leadership to deliver on solutions that improve on the status of women and girls in areas such as education, health and, poverty alleviation. I have continued to train other young people with a focus on inspiring young men to join the fight. I am one of the few young boys and people with influence because as a teacher and now a community leader, I am of influence in my community and have contributed to building a cadre of young men who are not shy of working on the promotion of gender equality. Links to some of my works are provided below:
Promoting community action on Gender Equality
Advocacy on Child Marriage:,
Working on Sexual Violence in Schools
Featured in Plan State of World Girl’s Report
Toilet building project:
At the moment, I am implementing a Human Rights Fellowship which recruits young leaders who are interested in the promotion of Human Rights, build their capacity through both online and residential training and provide seed grants for these young leaders to carryout community projects. Already, young people have been recruited as fellows and are currently carrying out community projects with seed funding provided.

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